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Trees and shrubs invading critical grasslands, diminish cattle production


August 18, 2014

Texas Longhorn cattle bull grazing Half of the Earth's land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs, are taking over, leading to a loss of critical habitat and causing a drastic change in the ability of ecosystems to produce food--specifically meat. Researchers at Arizona State University have quantified this loss. Findings appear in today's issue of PNAS. Full Story

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