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Plants and microbes shape global biomes through local underground alliances

23rd April 2019

Researchers report that the distribution of forest types worldwide is based on the relationships plant species forged with soil microbes to enhance their uptake of nutrients. These symbioses could help scientists understand how ecosystems may shift as climate change alters the interplay between plants, microbes and soil.


Amazonian soils mapped using indicator species

23rd April 2019

Understanding the ecology and distributions of species in Amazonia is hampered by lack of information about environmental conditions, such as soils.

Plant occurrence data are typically more abundant than soil samples in poorly known areas, and researchers from Finland and Brazil have now developed a method that uses both plant and soil data to produce a map of soil properties.


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