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Vulnerable urban biodiversity
April 25, 2012



A recent US-study compared plant diversities of urban communities to a nearby Nature reserve. Trait analyses based on the MPI-BGC coordinated TRY database showed that urban plant communities have traits that make it harder for them to adapt to change than their countryside counterparts. As yard plants spread into natural habitats, the ability of those ecosystems to respond to environmental change could be reduced as well.
press release 1, press release 2, Nature

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