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Tropical Biodiversity

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


Inga leaves damaged by insects.











Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Research Associate Dr. Phyllis Coley and a team of researchers examined the tropical biodiversity in rainforests. Plants have been forced to come up with new ways to keep hungry insects away by producing defense chemicals that will protect them. The research team explored the reasons why so many different species of one plant could grow in the same place.

EurekAlert! has recently published as article covering this story, which can be found here.