Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Even small changes within an ecosystem can have detrimental effects

Interactions between small organisms are 'keystone' interactions that scale up to shape whole ecosystems

Date:  February 1, 2018
Source:  Binghamton University

A mutualistic relationship between species in an ecosystem allows for the ecosystem to thrive, but the lack of this relationship could lead to the collapse of the entire system. New research reveals that interactions between relatively small organisms are crucial to mutualistic relationships in an ecosystem dominated by much larger organisms, including trees and elephants.

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