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Savannas, forests in a battle of the biomes, Princeton researchers find
Date:10/31/2011

achment is not a threat unique to forests, Staver said.

"There's a sense among savanna ecologists that the loss of savanna is considered secondary to deforestation as a conservation concern, but it really shouldn't be. The loss of functionality and diversity in the savanna is just as important as in forests.

"At the moment, we can't say that one is winning out over the other," Staver said. "We can come up with examples where savannas are encroaching into forests and forests are encroaching into savannas. Both are happening extensively, and both are really huge issues that are likely to become even more important."


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