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News Release 14-026

Seed dispersal study shows value of conservation corridors

Ecologists study how wind moves seeds through longleaf pines

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plant with flowers

Seeds and flowers of the wind-dispersed species Solidago odora, part of the corridor experiment.

Credit: Ellen Damschen


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Aerial view of a conservation corridor experiment with four patches of habitat in a pine forest.

Aerial view of a conservation corridor experiment shows four patches of habitat in a pine forest.

Credit: Ellen Damschen


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Meteorological tower next to a forest

Meteorological towers measured three-dimensional wind speed as part of the study.

Credit: Ellen Damschen


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Glow-in-the-dark seeds on the ground in a forest

Glow-in-the-dark seeds were created to determine whether corridors affect where seeds go.

Credit: Dirk Baker


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Dirk Baker releasing seeds near a forest

Dirk Baker releases seeds that glow in the dark; seeds are retrieved at night with a black light.

Credit: Lars Brudvig


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