In many open habitats, more than one-third of seeds are wind-dispersed. For isolated patches of plants, the interaction of wind with the landscape can determine where the plants are able to spread and survive. Scientists spent more than a decade studying seed movement in grassland plots to evaluate how habitat “corridors” affect plant dispersal and diversity.

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RELATED LINKS

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: How fragmentation and corridors affect wind dynamics and seed dispersal in open habitats
pnas.org/content/111/9/3484.full

Conservation Corridor
conservationcorridor.org/

U.S. Forest Service
fs.fed.us/

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