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The Star of Africa's Savanna Ecosystems May Be the Lowly Termite
May 27, 2010
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.The majestic animals most closely associated with the African savanna--fierce lions, massive elephants, towering giraffes--may be relatively minor players when it comes to shaping the ecosystem. The real king of the savanna appears to be the termite, say ecologists who've found that these humble creatures contribute mightily to grassland productivity in central Kenya via a network of uniformly distributed colonies.Full Story
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