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Press Release 12-086

Plant Diversity Is Key to Maintaining Productive Vegetation

Long-term study finds that each species plays a role in maintaining a productive ecosystem

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Photo of prairies and forests in the NSF Cedar Creek LTER site.

NSF Cedar Creek LTER site experiments show what makes prairies and forests most productive.

Credit: David Tilman, UMN


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Map of North America, Hawaii, Greenland and the Caribbean showing NSF's LTER sites.

NSF's LTER sites, including Cedar Creek (CDR), span ecosystems: forests, prairies, tundra.

Credit: NSF LTER Network


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Photo of scientist Peter Reich conducting an experiment at the Cedar Creek LTER site.

Scientist Peter Reich conducting an experiment at the Cedar Creek LTER site.

Credit: Susan Barrott, UMN


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Photo showing a patchwork of plant species in a biodiversity experiment at Cedar Creek.

Close-up of a plant biodiversity experiment at Cedar Creek, showing a patchwork of species.

Credit: Susan Barrott, UMN


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Photo of Indian Grass and other prairie plants at Cedar Creek.

Indian Grass and other prairie plants at Cedar Creek bend in Minnesota breezes.

Credit: NSF Cedar Creek LTER Site


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Photo of an oak savanna with interspersed oaks and grasses at Cedar Creek.

One of the last of Earth's oak savannas--interspersed oaks and grasses--is at Cedar Creek.

Credit: NSF Cedar Creek LTER Site


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Cover of the May 4, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the May 4, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2012


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