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Underdogs in the understory: Study suggests nature favors rarer trees

fungi, and microorganisms that prey on common trees and because they don't have the same resource needs as common trees.

Trees in "monoculture" forests, where all individuals are the same species, are very susceptible to predators and diseases, and also compete with each other for the same resources.

The new study raises questions about whether other ecosystems, from temperate forests to coral reefs, also select for biodiversity.

(Photos of Muller-Landau and a tropical forest are available on request.)


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Source:University of Minnesota


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