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22 Dec 2015

How will some trees spread and survive?

According to the research conducted by our principal research scientist, Dr Maurizio Rossetto, Australian rainforest trees with large fleshy fruits are rare because few animals are capable of dispersing them.

Dr Rossetto and his colleague's studied the distribution of over 1000 species and fleshy-fruited rainforest trees and vine across Australi and  they found that species with fruits larger than 3 centimetres have significantly smaller ranges throughout the continent.

The survival of such species may rely on human-assistant transplantation to establish new populations, or even possibly introduction of animals such as cassowaries to help with spreading the seeds and to ensure the survival of the species.

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Category: Science
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