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Study supports increased funding for long-term ecological research
March 8, 2017
Funding for long-term ecological and environmental studies has been on a downward trend for more than a decade, yet such studies are of critical importance for advancing the science of ecology and for informing policy decisions about natural resources and environmental issues. These are among the conclusions of a new analysis published in the March issue of BioScience.
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