CORVALLIS, Ore. - Scientists have long struggled to explain how tropical forests can maintain their staggering diversity of trees without having a handful of species take over - or having many other species die out.
The answer, researchers say, lies in the soil found near individual trees, where natural "enemies" of tree species reside. These enemies, including fungi and arthropods, attack and kill many of the seeds and seedlings near the host tree, preventing local recruitment of trees of that same species.
And, yet again, we find that the extinction of species could throw the local ecosystem into far more chaos than regularly expected - imagine if one of those arthropods is threatened by an invasive species or pesticide and dies off, now one tree could outcompete the others and throw the whole system into disarray!
And on another note, how could they not have coined the phrase "Symbiotic Allelopathy?" It would have been perfect!
Experimenting and growing on my small acre in SW USA; Fruit & Nut trees w/ annuals, hoping to get Chickens, rabbits, and in-laws onto property soon.
Long term goal - Furniture & Luthier Stay-at-home farm dad.
Space seems cool in the movies, but once you get out there, it is super boring. Now for a fascinating tiny ad:
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