On guard against an alien invasion

29 May 2008

Hiking shoes with seeds attached.
Hiking shoes can collect alien seeds.
Photo: K. Hughes

Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division are working to understand how human presence in Antarctica might introduce aliens to the continent and subantarctic islands.

These aliens are non-native species, which, with rapid climate change occurring in some parts of Antarctica, might impact on fragile ecosystems.

Here is a preview of the project taken from the latest issue of the Australian Antarctic Magazine - out in June. 

On guard against an alien invasion