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banner982

  1 month ago

Garden pests ? Not so much during World War One.

A little know fact of gas warfare during WW1. This is the story of how the common garden slug saved many soldiers’ lives on the battlefields of WW1. During World War One the Germans used mustard gas extensively on the battle fields resulting in the death of over 90,000 soldiers with 1.3 million casualties. By the time the soldiers noticed the presence of the gas it was often too late so the government was looking at ways of the early detection of the gas. Doctor Paul Bartsch of the US National Museum had earlier discovered that the common garden slug (Limax maximus) were reacting to low levels of gas emitted by a furnace so when the need for a mustard gas detector arose he decided to carry out tests on the slugs. He found that the slugs were really sensitive to the mustard gas able to detect its presence long before humans. On top of that the poisonous gas didn’t kill the slugs because they could protect their lung membrane. In the presence of mustard gas the slugs would visibly indicate their discomfort by closing their breathing pores and compressing their bodies. Doctor Batsch told the army of the results and they quickly adapted the slug method of detection of the mustard gas so when observing the changes to the slugs on the battlefields this served as an early warning allowed the soldiers to quickly put on their gas masks to protect themselves from the harmful levels of the gas with the “Slug Brigade” ending up saving many lives
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Chris563

  1 month ago
Very interesting but I don’t like slugs. Reply
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Ed777

  1 month ago
Very interesting Banner! When I had a house with a garden they would devour my marigolds overnight, nothing left but the stems! Reply
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trevjohn

  1 month ago
The next one I see I shall hug... Poor misunderstood little souls. Reply
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Mark_W

  1 month ago
You learn something new every day! Reply
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Meryl10

  1 month ago
Oh that is really interesting, I'm still not keen on slugs though they do so like to nibble on my veg and plants.. heroic though they may have been lol Reply
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SimonGUK

  1 month ago
Wow! Great info. Thank you for sharing. :-) Reply
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spartan3002

  1 month ago
Utterly amazing Phil , and so fascinating ! Reply
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roselily1

  1 month ago
i must admit i hate slugs but that is amazing information Reply
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Missy4

  1 month ago
That's totally amazing.. WOW is all I can say. Reply
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rosemary-charles

  1 month ago
I loath slugs regardless of this fact they are a complete pest Reply
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