Seed dispersal study shows value of conservation corridors

Posted: February 26, 2014

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Aerial view of a conservation corridor experiment shows four patches of habitat in a pine forest.
Field ecologists go to great lengths to get data. Radio collars and automatic video cameras are among their tools for documenting the natural world.

So when a group of ecologists set out to see how wind moves seeds through isolated patches of habitat carved into a longleaf pine plantation, they came up with a novel way of addressing this question. They twisted colored yarn to create mock seeds that would drift with the wind much like native seeds.

The above is excerpted from the NSF press release.  Read entire press release of the results of this project here.

The abstract in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) can be found here.

The “Nature” news and views here.

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