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Biodiversity Itself Begets a Species Cascade, Researchers Say


February 10, 2009

James J. Smith Biodiversity feeds on itself, researchers find, as evolving animals open niches for other new species. Such is the case, says a Michigan State University researcher, with a parasite found to be evolving in sequence with an emerging host insect in western Michigan apple trees. Full Story

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