Navigation Menu+

Benefits Of Diversity Shown In Tropical Rainforest

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Research Associate Dr. Phyllis Coley has made an interesting revelation about the staggering amount of diversity in tropical rainforests. The constant consumption of plants by bugs and other insects has caused tropical trees to rapidly develop traits to deter and defend against consumers. This rush to evolve and protect against bugs has allowed thousands of unique niches to develop for trees in tropical climates where there might only be a few hundred in more temperate areas.

Technology Networks,reciently published an article on Dr. Coley’s findings, which is available here.

On average a patch of Ecuadorian rainforest the size of a rugby field contains more tree diversity than the United States and Canada combined