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Old 06-15-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default It takes an old forest

Bacteria on old-growth trees may help forests grow

Biology researchers discover that bacteria living in mosses on tree branches twice as effective at 'fixing' nitrogen as those on the ground.
"Half Earth Quest" Edward O. Wilson

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Old 06-16-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
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It's amazing to think about the interrelationships between organisms that humans are mostly unaware of, this is a great example. Unfortunately most of the old growth forests are gone save a few remnants here and there, especially in the east. I have friends in Vermont that are trying to save a few acres of old growth forest and I have seen those trees. It's really an awesome experience, and I know that every tree is sacred to them.
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