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THE GREAT CACTUS WAR
by Terry Domico
 
 

Perhaps humanity’s most enduring legacy is our ability to move plants and animals around the planet. These organisms soon merge with the local ecology, often changing it forever. Sometimes they are so successful that they become a plague. Imagine a sea of prickly-pear cactus up to thirty feet high that covered a region larger than Italy and was still spreading at the alarming rate of more than one million acres a year. Thousands of people were being driven out of their homes and off the land. Digging, burning, smashing, and poisoning the ’green monster’ had little real effect.

This was the desperate scene that many rural Australians were faced with during the first part of the 20th century. Then, in the mid-1920s, a self-taught group of scientists discovered a little moth in Argentina whose larvae ate the pear into submission. Rural Australia was thus saved, but today that little hero may be poised to create a plague of its own.






North American ISBN: 978-1-883385-17-0
Australian ISBN: 978-1-883385-18-7
NONFICTION: Environmental Science / Botanical History / Prickly-pear cactus
  390 pages
  Trim size 6" by 9"
  First published in the United States of America on August 15, 2018. Published in Australia on December 12, 2018.
 
  $35.00 US
  Higher in Canada
  $43.95 in Australia







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