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A Real Alien Invasion Is Coming to a Palm Tree Near You | Deep Look

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Support Deep Look on Patreon!! https://www.patreon.com/deeplook The South American palm weevil is bursting onto the scene in California. Its arrival could put one of the state’s most cherished botanical icons at risk of oblivion. DEEP LOOK is a ultra-HD (4K) short video series created by KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios. See the unseen at the very edge of our visible world. Get a new perspective on our place in the universe and meet extraordinary new friends. Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small. * NEW VIDEOS EVERY OTHER TUESDAY! * Summer means vacation time, and nothing says, “Welcome to paradise!” quite like a palm tree. Though it’s home to only one native species, California has nonetheless adopted the palm as a quintessential icon. But a new snake in California’s palm tree-lined garden may soon put all that to the test. Dozens of palms in San Diego’s Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, about 10 miles from the Mexican border, are looking more like sad, upside-down umbrellas than the usual bursts of botanical joy. The offender is the South American palm weevil, a recent arrival to the U.S. that’s long been widespread in the tropics. Large, black, shiny, and possessed of an impressive proboscis (nose), the weevil prefers the king of palms, the Canary Island date palm, also known as the “pineapple palm” for the distinctive way it’s typically pruned. A palm tree is basically a gigantic cake-pop, an enormous ball of veggie goodness on a stick. The adult female palm weevil uses her long snout to drill tunnels into that goodness—known to science as the “apical meristem” and to your grocer as the “heart” of the palm—where she lays her eggs. When her larvae hatch, their food is all around them. And they start to eat. If the South American palm weevil consolidates its foothold in California, then the worst might still be to come. While these weevils generally stick to the Canary Island palms, they can harbor a parasitic worm that causes red-ring disease—a fatal infection that can strike almost any palm, including the state’s precious native, the California fan. --- Where do South American Palm Weevils come from? Originally, Brazil and Argentina. They’ve become common wherever there are Canary Island Palm trees, however, which includes Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East. --- How do they kill palm trees? Their larvae eat the apical meristem, which is the sweet part of the plant sometimes harvested and sold commercially as the “heart of palm.” --- How do you get rid of them? If the palm weevils infest a tree, it’s very hard to save it, since they live on the inside, where they escape both detection and pesticides. Neighboring palm trees can be sprayed for protection. ---+ Read the entire article on KQED Science: https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2017/06/20/a-real-alien-invasion-is-coming-to-a-palm-tree-near-you ---+ For more information: Visit the UC Riverside Center for invasive Species Research: http://cisr.ucr.edu/invasive_species.html ---+ More Great Deep Look episodes: Decorator Crabs Make High Fashion at Low Tide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwQcv7TyX04 Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Snail Sex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOcLaI44TXA ---+ See some great videos and documentaries from the PBS Digital Studios! Gross Science: Meet The Frog That Barfs Up Its Babies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xfX_NTrFRM Brain Craft: Mutant Menu: If you could, would you design your DNA? And should you be able to? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrDM6Ic2xMM ---+ Follow KQED Science: KQED Science: http://www.kqed.org/science Tumblr: http://kqedscience.tumblr.com Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/kqedscience ---+ About KQED KQED, an NPR and PBS affiliate in San Francisco, CA, serves Northern California and beyond with a public-supported alternative to commercial TV, Radio and web media. Funding for Deep Look is provided in part by PBS Digital Studios and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deep Look is a project of KQED Science, which is also supported by HopeLab, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, the Vadasz Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation and the members of KQED. #deeplook #palmweevil
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Deep Look (1 year ago)
Greetings! I'm the producer of this episode of Deep Look. I wish we could have brought it to you in smell-o-vision. The stink of the infested tree filled a whole city block, and got all over my shirt. Leave us your questions and comments! And visit Anna at Gross Science, too. —Elliott
Harm Waterborg (26 days ago)
Time to get the flamethrowrr
Francis J (1 month ago)
Deep Look that’s nature get over it
RHIANN GACUSAN (2 days ago)
eat control
via lactea (3 days ago)
I've seen Israelis who battle pests not with sprays and ther toxic stuff but with other pests who are mutated and can't breed. It working pretty well but it takes time but in the end you can grow organic food
Ghost CAT (5 days ago)
Perfect for cane toad
Yixi Sun (7 days ago)
so fake
DerzeTT (7 days ago)
The end... Gross but i didnt want to puke for some reason...
Pika Girl (8 days ago)
Oh yay I’m watching this while eating cereal. *FUN*!
Jarl The awesome (8 days ago)
Hm but itz been almost 2 yrs no infestation coz we dont got palm treeees
Emirhan kaya (8 days ago)
No palms in Germany 😀
i see sick palm trees in Italia to i think we have this bug’s to
allowmi (9 days ago)
You should warn someone before posting this video - yeeesh.
Freyst1 (9 days ago)
Near me well i don't think there are palm trees in Iceland.
dark jonas (9 days ago)
alien isolation failed once more again (i mean the isolation not the film....yeah you know how i mean it...yeah)
tony from YouTube (10 days ago)
We eat that's bug in the Philippines
Thomas Richards (10 days ago)
Rocket Think (10 days ago)
Just like Hollywood itself, everything isn’t true.
DaEpikTrolle (10 days ago)
*_wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle_*
Tung Huy (10 days ago)
In Vietnam, we eat those things for snacks
Chip Gaming & More! (11 days ago)
Inspiration for kakuna?
Marshallow (11 days ago)
2:21 Wiggle wiggle wiggle
See to World (11 days ago)
It's big problem for any tree dust in this world 😢
XKingdavid GamerX (12 days ago)
Luckly we Invented Flame Throwers
Dinh Lam (12 days ago)
Why do the title resembles to this: "a real alien invasion coming to the theater near you"
Deep Look (13 days ago)
New episode coming 1/15.
Laputen gaming (14 days ago)
But in borneo we eat the worm and peppople even cut down sago tree(a kind of palm tree) to grow those worm
Snowflake Starry AJ (14 days ago)
Thomas Kasala (15 days ago)
Ich mag es nicht wenn man Tiere henselt
Borky Boi (16 days ago)
Palm grass
Kendicus (16 days ago)
South American Palm *EVIL*
tran minh tam (17 days ago)
miam miam-alert the vietnamese community-for many it is a delicacy,sometimes eaten live with fish sauce-
SteelWarrior115 (17 days ago)
What about them springtails
Todd Howard (18 days ago)
to be honest that larvae looks like it'd be tasty if seasoned and roasted
William Hutt (19 days ago)
First off if the tree is not native there then it's not an invasion but a natural correction.
jay prakash verma (21 days ago)
When in 2:24 it stoped , it was funny
Akirafan99 (21 days ago)
I searched "eggs bugs tree city" and got this.
Andrew St378 (21 days ago)
did you say....that bitchs last name was....? ......ROTHSCHILD>? FTB aND the family lol
Carol Schalk (22 days ago)
Nope i live in Colorado
Alien skullcollector (22 days ago)
Well we can eat it at least.
Chico Haze (23 days ago)
Weevil=We Evil 😈
v. jack (24 days ago)
Kill them all, kill them. Destroy them.
Jay Dick (25 days ago)
whos talking?
Kabre Young (25 days ago)
Seeing all those trees falling down, made me almost cry...It's so cruel..mean were pretty much taking away our own oxygen! I wish people weren't so cruel..😓😭😢😠😡
REAPER MAFISENT (25 days ago)
These bugs are actually good, because I have eaten them so many times, and I lived in Thailand but came to America because of War.
Deepali chandrawal (26 days ago)
Eating bugs 😲😲🤢
Dyllan Farnsworth (28 days ago)
me too Arion...
Lightning GamePlay (28 days ago)
VietNam also eat wevil or some kind of.....something
W h e e z e (29 days ago)
I Agree, Seizuring worms are scary.
M&M LINDSEY (29 days ago)
xX Gachawolf Xx (29 days ago)
John Woodgate (30 days ago)
Eat the Larvae.
Kitty Cat (1 month ago)
LilMissSpaceGeek :3 (1 month ago)
i think there kinda cute
Warfare Gaming (1 month ago)
Prince James (1 month ago)
Some people eat it. 😢
DLEAK567 (1 month ago)
At least it's not humans
TheNinjaMarmot (1 month ago)
0:12 Is that what they call a glory hole?
DDRUTOU (1 month ago)
To the ending. Nope. Nope. NNNNNNOPE!!!!
Alif Saufi (1 month ago)
Nice bait
Hollydream 10 (1 month ago)
BMW drift (1 month ago)
1.01 I was more terrified by those nails
DityaSangGita (1 month ago)
3:48 downright gross scene in the end... Eating bug's larva alive... To some people, be like,,,,,, 😫
kirb spee (1 month ago)
I ate an ant once idk why I did it
Miguel Dominguez (1 month ago)
I soon as I seen that guy eat the bug my eyes widen like wth
iiRae (1 month ago)
2:04 *Wiggle Wiggle*
JustANinja (1 month ago)
this is why i dont eat worms as an asian
Dhindara Vrel (1 month ago)
It often happens with plant species. They're introduced to a new habitat where the common parasites that rely on that species don't exist. Thus, they flourish and often grow faster or bigger than in their native habitats because the plants that don't invest in defences outcompete those which do. Then, eventually, the parasite gets introduced as well and the non-native plant species has de-evolved its natural defences. So while the infestation can be held in check in its native lands, the plants in the new habitat are completely wiped out - sometimes with a few survivors which haven't lost their resistance. If the parasite doesn't also go after native plant life, both species will disappear after a while, removing one human influence on the ecosystem.
Flavio Messias (1 month ago)
Não ter tradução em português, isto é um ponto ruim
Lou Sensei (1 month ago)
Well it's a good thing I live in Texas! -said no black person ever
Don Antivo (1 month ago)
3:47 what the heck........GROSS MAN ಠ_ಠ
Don Antivo (1 month ago)
Omg a real alien invation!! *sees bug in video* Are u freaking kidding me (T_T)
Kawaii gamer (1 month ago)
No coqueiro do meu jardim tem esses bichos !
Drake Dulka (1 month ago)
next thing we know california will ban trees
Dog Is Not Amused (1 month ago)
It’s a Creepy Crowley. A Crowleyan device made by the elite a long time ago.
Danh The ZANIS (1 month ago)
In vietnamese we can eat them when them alive
TheGreatCookie IshHere (1 month ago)
now tell me Why he ate The alien That’s my family dudeee
Tea Zidic (1 month ago)
In croatia this palm bug destroy whole palm three in croatia(south sea ,in dalmacija)😖😖😖😭😭😭😠
I was so so angry because of those bugs
Christiam Sanchez (1 month ago)
I thought it was a bag worm. Oops
Dharma Karma (1 month ago)
just eat that insect
Walter Andrade Diaz (1 month ago)
Like eat
fried these worms with fish sauce Tasty It's very good
Jennifer LePage (1 month ago)
Eat them.
Md Razib Ahmed (1 month ago)
Kathrine Jackson (1 month ago)
Kill me 😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰
Stephen Clark (1 month ago)
All the bugs in this video are all over Bakersfield
bibagi jensin (1 month ago)
Eating larvY????? disgusting!
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Faiithless1 (2 months ago)
Your camera is too good
AmieeTheMouse (2 months ago)
I live in Las Vegas 0.0 time to cut down my palm trees
jandnian the noob (2 months ago)
Palm xenormorph
jandnian the noob (2 months ago)
0:59 Why the music like in a horror film
Saria Anjum (2 months ago)
Also, these carry Bursaphelencus cocophilus, a nematode that is responsible for causing red ring disease.
cin can (2 months ago)
So delicious ..
cin can (2 months ago)
So delicious ..
John Doughboy (2 months ago)
That ending GOOD GOD.
galaxy boi (2 months ago)
2:03 that freak me out
Aids Mak (2 months ago)
Time to leave hawaii
Kevin (2 months ago)
Kinda like emerald ash borer
Erik Iacopelli (2 months ago)
But the beetle is NOT at fault, The humans are for bringing the tree over

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