Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Excessive deer populations hurt native plant biodiversity

March 20, 2014

University of Miami

There is a link between disruption of the native animal community and invasion by non-native plant species, according to new research, and a co-author of a new study suggests that "similar links maybe found in other ecosystems between disrupted fauna and declining diversity of flora." Deer density in the U.S. is about four to 10 times what it was prior to European settlement of North America, and the researchers make a link between this and the declining plant biodiversity in some regions.

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