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Study finds forest corridors help plants disperse their seeds

March 19, 2014

aerial photograph of experimental landscape A forest, a supercomputer and some glow-in-the-dark yarn have helped a team of field ecologists conclude that woodland corridors connecting patches of endangered plants not only increase seed dispersal from one patch to another, but also create wind conditions that can spread the seeds for much longer distances. Gil Bohrer, Ph.D., an environmental engineer at Ohio State University, leveraged Ohio Supercomputer Center systems to simulate a forest and the winds that flow through it. Full Story

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