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What is the most important life form on the planet?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, May 27, 2019.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I contend it's grass. In the most immediate sense. I get that bacteria is vital to life but that isn't in a tangible sense.

    No grass means no wheat or corn. No bamboo (so no pandas) ... all animals effectively depend on grass for their diet.

    The damn stuff is everywhere... needing mowed. Grass fed steak!

    Basically without we're stuffed. There's a great little book called The Death of Grass. Gentle apocalypse stuff from the 1960s.

    Or maybe it's ants? Hmmm
  2. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    That's interesting. I've always assumed it's balance that is key.

    Certainly not us, though.
    les25paul and border_walker like this.
  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter


    (As far as I am concerned)

    ... and then probably the extremophiles which could evolve to repopulate the planet once mass extinction through climate change is over.
    lexus300 likes this.
  4. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Producers and decomposers, everything else is the food chains going the scenic route.

    Now I think about it for another millisecond, I'm going for fungi.

    A decomposer, the best thing the fungi ever did for us was to evolve lignase which allows them to break down wood. Back in the carboniferous, trees (actually tree ferns) died and fell over and formed coal instead of rotting as they had out-evolved decomposers which couldn't touch them. Carbon was being locked up as it was being mined instead of recycled.

    Then some plucky little fungus evolved the means to break down lignin and therefore wood and the cycle began to turn again.

    Fungi, protecting you from dead stuff and s**t for millions of years.
  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter


    Natural, ubiquitous, international, medicinal, nutritious and carbon suppressive.
  6. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I was going to say trees, on the basis that they produce oxygen.

    But reading the above posts, I guess I don't know enough about life on Earth to make that choice!
  7. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Desoxyribose Nucleic Acid - the rest is detail.
  8. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    And also hosting the best parties...


    They're a really fun guy.
  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    If they ever develop thumbs we're doomed!
  11. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Some consider wheat to be one of the most successful life forms, given its devious symbiotic propensity for getting homo sapiens to propagate it all over the place at the expense of rival plant and animal life.

    Michael Gove could learn some sneaky tricks from wheat and that's for sure, unless Theresa May ran through a farmer's field and trod on him.
  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I'd say bacteria.
    Grass is relatively new.
    Dinosaurs did pretty well without grass.....................until that pesky asteroid.
    So I'd say bacteria.
  13. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    And yet isn't it also now so specialised that it requires human action to propagate? I read that somewhere...

    Also wheat is just fancy grass. And contains EVIL glutens.
  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Exactly ... Grass protects us from asteroids as well... good point.

  15. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

  16. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    A Tory is the lowest life form closely followed by a brexit voter
  17. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Bugs - of any kind!
  18. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Change the record.
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Good point. But wasps are evil.

    Like gluten. Even if they do make chutney.
  20. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    Lovely post- worth more than a like
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