Termites prevent deserts from encroaching into grasslands: study

February 8, 2015 1:32 PM

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Termites play an important role when it comes to stop deserts from spreading into semi-arid ecosystems and protecting savannas, according to a new study by Princeton University researchers.

A group of researchers from Princeton University found that mounds created by termites worked as a barrier, preventing deserts from encroaching into agricultural areas and grasslands. By that, the minute creatures help in preserving habitats for large animals like zebras and lions.

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