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In Hawaii's novel seed dispersal networks, introduced birds primarily disperse introduced plants. In a new study published in Science, research shows these novel networks operate very similarly to native communities worldwide. Credit: Jeferson Vizentin-Bugoni
On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it is possible to stand in a lush tropical forest that doesn't contain a single native plant. The birds that once dispersed native seeds are almost entirely gone too, leaving a brand-new ecological community composed of introduced plants and birds. In a first-of-its-kind study published today in Science, researchers demonstrate that these novel...
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