HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Scientists: Wildlife corridors benefit plant biodiversity, native plants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Wildlife corridors appear to support not only wildlife but also plants -- especially the oft-threatened native variety.

A six-year study at the world's largest experimental landscape devoted to the corridors -- links between otherwise isolated natural areas -- has found that more plant species, and specifically more native plant species, persist in areas connected by the corridors than in isolated areas. The results suggest that corridors are an important tool not only for preserving wildlife but also for supporting and encouraging plant biodiversity.

"From the perspective of whether corridors are an important conservation tool, the big question is whether they preserve a large diversity of species," said Doug Levey, a UF professor of zoology. "The answer, for plants anyway, appears to be yes."

Levey co-authored a paper on the study set to appear Friday in the journal Science.

In recent decades, many states and communities have set aside land for wildlife corridors. They are even planned on a regional scale, with one proposed corridor, for example, stretching 1,800 miles from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon Territory.

The rationale behind the corridors is that linking natural areas allows plants and animals to spread across them, helping them to thrive, reducing localized extinctions and increasing biodiversity. But until recently, scientific evidence for that rationale was surprisingly slim, with most corridor studies conducted on very small scales.

Levey and his colleagues' massive outdoor experiment at the Savannah River Site National Environmental Research Park on the South Carolina-Georgia state line is steadily filling in the holes in scientists' knowledge.

The site consists of eight sets of five roughly two-acre clearings in the forest. In each set, a corridor connects the central clearing to one peripheral clearing, with the others remaining isolated. Plants and animal
'"/>

Contact: Doug Levey
dlevey@zoo.ufl.edu
352-392-9169
University of Florida
31-Aug-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Scientists: As rainfall changes, tropical plants may acclimate
2. Scientists: New phylum sheds light on ancestor of animals, humans
3. World Wildlife Fund warns against iron dumping experiment near the Galapagos Islands
4. The Institute of Ecosystem Studies recognized by the Wildlife Society
5. Urban Wildlife Management book something to crow about
6. USGS at The Wildlife Society: From sea-ice change to contaminants to predators and prey
7. Wildlife Conservation Society joins Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance
8. Wildlife conservation and energy devt study seeks balance in Rockies
9. Wildlife researchers identify impacts of contamination in amphibians
10. Wildlife professor updates best available science on Florida panther
11. Injured whooping crane recovering at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/5/2018)... ... 05, 2018 , ... The Amino Acid Technologies Division of ... increase across all markets in January 2019. , The global leader in ... — for the parenteral nutrition, biopharmaceutical, infant/medical food, supplement and nutrition markets. ...
(Date:10/5/2018)... ... October 04, 2018 , ... Nothing brings a team ... become so popular. , Cooking appeals to companies because it encourages a ... team cohesion, collaboration and decision-making skills. It’s also appealing in that everyone – ...
(Date:10/2/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... October 02, 2018 , ... Through this ... for 1536-well FLIPR screening. They will also learn the role of calcium kinetics in ... Hurk, the chief operations officer at PPSC Biography; and Tsang Wai Lam, an assay ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/5/2018)... ... October 04, 2018 , ... Power ... a Spine Technology Award from Orthopedics This Week during the 2018 National Association ... T Handle is a surgical instrument that delivers operating room efficiencies through increased ...
(Date:10/5/2018)... PIPERSVILLE, Pa. (PRWEB) , ... October 04, 2018 ... ... launching a new brand identity and website that elevates the company’s brand identity ... as EARTHRES, the company offers a broader range of engineering expertise and related ...
(Date:10/2/2018)... ... 2018 , ... Finalists for the 2018 World Oil Awards ... was chosen for its advancements in the production chemicals category. The prestigious awards, ... oil applications that are positively impacting the industry. The winners will be announced ...
(Date:9/29/2018)... , ... September 29, 2018 , ... ... enabling mid-level and early-stage companies to access the power of influence analytics and ... solutions available to a broader market that didn’t necessarily have access to the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: