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Press Release 06-092

Ecosystems With Many Plant Species Produce More and Survive Threats Better

Prairie plants may also be good source of biofuel

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This experimental plot is planted with four species of flowering prairie plants known as forbs.

This experimental plot is planted with four species of flowering prairie plants known as forbs. The adjacent plots, in clockwise rotation, are planted with eight species, four species and 16 species.

Credit: David Tilman, UMN


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Individual plots in this aerial view of the experiment are 9 meters by 9 meters.

Individual plots in this aerial view of the plant biodiversity experiment are 9 meters by 9 meters.

Credit: David Tilman, UMN


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