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Old 09-24-2010, 02:27 PM   #1
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spider3 Findings suggest spiders can affect health and reproductive fitness of plants

Plant and spiders compete for food
Findings suggest spiders can affect health and reproductive fitness of plants
By Stephanie Pappas
updated 9/3/2010 11:03:15 AM ET

Plant and spiders compete for food - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience - msnbc.com
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The findings suggest that spiders can affect the health and reproductive fitness of plants, but the researchers weren't sure if the plants were affecting the spiders. So they took the experiment outside, taking a census of spiders and sundews in areas at two ecological research areas in Florida. Over three months, the researchers observed the spiders and sundews, counting the number of leaves per sundew, number of spider webs, and the size and placement of the webs…
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