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Press Release 13-157

Tropical forest carbon sink hinges on 'odd couple'

Unique housing arrangement between trees and bacteria

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Tropical rainforest on Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Tropical rainforest on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, near the site of the study.

Credit: Marcos Guerra, STRI


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Map showing the location of Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Map marking the location of Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Credit: STRI


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Rainforests on Barro Colorado Island

Rainforests like this one on Barro Colorado Island depend on an "odd couple" relationship.

Credit: STRI


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Symbiotic root nodules in a lowland tropical rainforest

Symbiotic root nodules in a lowland tropical rainforest in Panama.

Credit: Sarah Batterman


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Photo of houses on Barro Colorado Island where the researchers studied tropical forests.

The station on Barro Colorado Island where the researchers studied tropical forests.

Credit: STRI


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Photo of a red-eyed tree frog.

Tropical forests on Barro Colorado Island are home to such animals as red-eyed tree frogs.

Credit: STRI


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