This is BX @ Boxden.com


Cockroaches Good For Environment, Biologists Say


 Cockroaches Good For Environment, Biologists Say
topic by thetfd - 06-25-2012, 09:10 PM - Boxden > Wild videos, news, and other media



The sight of a!!roach makes just about every American shudder. We fear a roach infestation inside the walls. We fear that our house is dirty enough to sustain them. We fear that a!!roach might scurry across our faces at night, or, under cover of darkness, eat flecks of toothpaste off our toothbrushes.

These fears drive us to k!ll, k!ll, k!ll, and wish [rip] upon the whole genus. But what if -- through some means more effective than a nuclear b0mb --!!roaches really were wiped out? Could we then rest easy? Or do we, in fact, somehow need these monstrous vermin?

We put the question to Srini Kambhampati, professor and chair of the biology department at the University of Texas at Tyler, and a world expert on!!roaches. Turns out, the sudden disappearance of Earth's 5,000 to 10,000!!roach species would have ramifications far beyond your filthy apartment. [Chocolate Allergies Linked to!!roach Parts]

Worldwide, the insects are a significant food source for many birds and small insectivorous mammals, such as mice and rats. (Even humans eat them in some parts of the world.) None of these animals rely solely on!!roaches for food, Kambhampati said, so they probably wouldn't go extinct, but their numbers would drop. Parasitic wasps, which specialize in parasitizing!!roach eggs, do rely entirely on the!!roach. "These would almost certainly become extinct," Kambhampati told Life's Little Mysteries.

If you can't get very worked up about a dent in the rat population or the extinction of something called a parasitic wasp, consider this: A dearth of mice and rats would, in turn, impact the species that prey on them, including cats (both wild and domestic), coyotes, wolves and many reptiles, as well as eagles and other birds of prey. Many of those animals, we're quite fond of.

Furthermore, the disappearance of!!roaches would mess with something truly vital for us all, called the nitrogen cycle.

"Most!!roaches feed on decaying organic matter, which traps a lot of nitrogen," Kambhampati said. "Cockroach feeding has the effect of releasing that nitrogen (in their feces) which then gets into the soil and is used by plants. In other words, extinction of!!roaches would have a big impact on forest health and therefore indirectly on all the species that live there."

In short, we really, really need!!roach poop.

Cockroaches Good For Environment, Biologists Say


share this topic »   Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook

9 comments for "Cockroaches Good For Environment, Biologists Say"


 06-25-2012, 09:26 PMaway - #2
Bama Boy 70 heat pts70

  d 
space
$48,301 | POWERFUL
and yet i will still squash the !! outta them on sight
 06-25-2012, 11:33 PMaway - #3
casper 1 heat pts

  d 
space
$14,734 | POWERFUL
wow...the entire article, i was thinking "so what k!ll em all" im sorry if this offends u, or peta, but i would not be affected by the loss of wolves, coyotes & reptiles. i have pets but it also says they wouldnt be extinct, the population would just drop, which i'm cool with too...i hate all the damn strays i see, well, i guess i dont hate them, i just hate the fact that there is strays.


BUT, as weird as this may sound, once i got to the end of the article & it mentioned plants, i suddenly started to think more...plants give oxygen, & fruits & vegetables...many animals only eat plants....but while im posting this i'm changing my mind again...!! roaches, we cant k!ll them all anyway, them things outlasted dinosaurs...so i'd still k!ll everyone i see
 06-26-2012, 12:02 AMonline - #4
Slingy 29 heat pts29

  d 
space
$1,395 | 17456670
Tourettes Guy- Unsolved Mysteries - YouTube
 06-26-2012, 03:22 AMaway - #5
kevante 3 heat pts

  d 
space
$4,249 | 13611585
so, it's cool to k!ll them and eradicate them from houses, as long as the species doesn't go extinct?
 06-26-2012, 09:45 AMaway - #6
Ca$h Out 33 heat pts33

  d 
space
$24,438 | POWERFUL
I'll k!ll them !! a$s niccas...

them flying roaches ain't a joke.
 06-26-2012, 10:22 AMaway - #7
cylla 5 heat pts

  d 
space
$2,231 | 3905904
Originally Posted by casper
wow...the entire article, i was thinking "so what k!ll em all" im sorry if this offends u, or peta, but i would not be affected by the loss of wolves, coyotes & reptiles. i have pets but it also says they wouldnt be extinct, the population would just drop, which i'm cool with too...i hate all the damn strays i see, well, i guess i dont hate them, i just hate the fact that there is strays.


BUT, as weird as this may sound, once i got to the end of the article & it mentioned plants, i suddenly started to think more...plants give oxygen, & fruits & vegetables...many animals only eat plants....but while im posting this i'm changing my mind again...!! roaches, we cant k!ll them all anyway, them things outlasted dinosaurs...so i'd still k!ll everyone i see
you're a dumb !!.
 06-26-2012, 11:58 AMaway - #8
The Bully 121 heat pts121

  d 
space
$25,156 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by 1992
I'll k!ll them !! a$s niccas...

them flying roaches ain't a joke.
i'll never forget waking up once to a flying!!roach landing on my face. i jumped out of bed and damn near broke all of my bones. still have nightmares about that to this day
 06-26-2012, 12:02 PMaway - #9
Skratch 28 heat pts28

  d 
space
$7,059 | POWERFUL
Dont mind!! roaches, what we really need to k!ll are spiders, them niccas need to go exinct, idc if ya'll think insect population would go up without them cause i dont believe it one bit, thats what cold weather is for, to k!ll bugs
 06-26-2012, 02:24 PMaway - #10
AI34Life 

  d 
space
$3,449 | 6256005
Originally Posted by Birdman's Back
and yet i will still squash the !! outta them on sight
 
 


Go Back   Boxden.Com - Stay First. Follow BX. > BX Table Of Contents > The Hip-Hop Spot > Wild videos, news, and other media
    
         

 



Latest hot topics on fire the past 48 hrs
Image inside  Nike Has A Jordan Surprise Tomm (Apr 19) 10am EDT
57 comments
Article inside  Lindsay Lohan Confirms $ex List Is Real, Says She Wr..
79 comments
Xbox One surpassed 5 million sold
129 comments
 NBA Kobe To Begin Epic 6-month Training Program
New reply 27 seconds ago - 76 comments - by ogballer32
 Video inside Diamond At The Breakfast Club: Gucci Mane Slapped Lil ...
New reply 9 minutes ago - 88 comments - by BreakfastClub
 OT What 30 For 30s Do You Want To See Next?
New reply 1 minute ago - 148 comments - by Dangerously
 NBA Skip Bayless Says Russell Westbrook Is The Only Player...
New reply 11 minutes ago - 60 comments - by SeaJaiye
  "i Didn't Speak To Jay For 2 Weeks After Ether&qu...
New reply 2 minutes ago - 172 comments - by YungPrinceNY
 NBA Knick Fans Choose Your Side (it's Time)
New reply 14 minutes ago - 77 comments - by Dray
 Image(s) inside Chris Brown Mug Shot
New reply 4 minutes ago - 67 comments - by ogballer32
 Image(s) inside Rocsi Diaz Blasts August Alsina For Shutting Down ’106...
New reply 14 minutes ago - 123 comments - by Carlton Black

Like BX on Facebook Follow BX on Twitter
5,701 fans of BX and 2 new today 4,654 following | none new today

hot topic blog   »    hip-hop   |   sports   |   movies   |   games   |   news   |   wild'ish   |   gear   |   rides   |   tech

contact us   |   mobile   |   privacy statement

© Boxden.com. 1998 - end of time.