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Nutrient pollution can negatively impact ecological relationships

Nutrient pollution can negatively impact ecological relationships
Nature has its own economy, with trading as dynamic as that of any stock exchange. To cope with nutrient deficiencies in their respective habitats, certain plants, animals and fungi have evolved partnerships by which they can swap resources. However, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara researchers Deron Burkepile and Andrew Shantz, excess nutrient input creates an imbalance in the interactions between partner - or mutualistic - species across a variety of ecosystems.
11th March 2016


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