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The star of Africa's savanna ecosystems may be the lowly termite
Date:5/25/2010

nd livestock production," Pringle says. "But productivity -- of both wild and human-dominated landscapes -- may be more intricately tied to the pattern-generating organisms of the larger natural landscape than is commonly understood."

The findings also have important implications for conservation, Palmer says.

"As we think restoring degraded ecosystems, as we think about restoring coral reefs, or restoring plant communities, this over-dispersed pattern is teaching us something," he says. "It's saying we might want to think about doing our coral restoration or plant restoration in a way that takes advantage of this ecosystem productivity enhancing phenomenon."


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