All posts by zooplantman

Former Director of Horticulture, Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo. Zoo exhibit & landscape designer perversely fascinated by the doings of plants, animals, ecosystems and other things not requiring batteries
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Fish As Sole Seed Dispersers

This is the first report that I know of suggesting links between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems where fishing may be impacting tropical forests.

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Neglected African Fruits To The Rescue

Africa's own fruits are a largely untapped resource that could combat malnutrition and boost environmental stability and rural development in Africa.

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Ants That Do The Seeds’ Bidding

Our results show that chemical cues alone, rather than visual or tactile characteristics of (ant garden) seeds, are sufficient to attract (ant garden) ants and elicit the seed-collecting behavior that underlies the complex (ant garden) mutualism.

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Three Centuries Of Draining Wetlands

Standard notions of the natural eastern US landscape with its meandering ribbon-like streams may be misguided, suggests historical research.

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Saving Trees Can Kill Them

…as the beasts have been kept away, the whole ecology of the fenced areas has changed. The trees growth patterns slowed; many sickened, and their death rate doubled; they produced fewer thorns for the ants to use as homes and less nectar for the ants to eat.

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Ants And Elephants Fight Over Trees

Columns of angered ants will crawl up into elephant trunks to repel the ravenous beasts from devouring tree cover throughout drought-plagued East African savannas.

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Africa’s Acacias Struck By Cancer

You can never underestimate the importance of the Acacia karroo. So anything that threatens its existence constitutes a major worry. We are particularly worried by its propensity to jump hosts.

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Roots Have A Pulse, Too

When the scientists trained their cameras on the hairs, rather than witnessing a slow, steady lengthening, they were surprised to see the hairs undergoing rhythmic pulses of growth every 20 seconds.