Termites Do More Than You Think

February 7, 2015 7:42 PM

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A new study examines the ecological impact of termites. Study co-author Cornia Tarnita comments, “The rain is the same everywhere, but because termites allow water to penetrate the soil better, the plants grow on or near the mounds as if there were more rain.”

The Princeton researcher continues, “The vegetation on around termite mounds persists longer and declines slower.” She adds, Even when you get to harsh conditions where vegetation disappears from the mounds, re-vegetation is still easier. As long as the mounds are there, the ecosystem has a better c...

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