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Drought Limits Tropical Plant Distributions, Scientists at the Smithsonian Report

May 7, 2007

News thumbnail Drought tolerance is a critical determinant of tropical plant distributions, researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama report in the May 3 issue of the journal Nature. In a novel coupling of experimental measurements and observed plant distributions across a tropical landscape, drought tolerance predicted plant distributions at both local and regional scales.  Full Story

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

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