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New plants on the block

Frankfurt/ Leipzig, Germany, ¬¬¬09/26/2018. Until now, the Arctic tundra has been the domain of low-growing grasses and dwarf shrubs. Defying the harsh conditions, these plants huddle close to the ground and often grow only a few centimeters high. But new, taller plant species have been slowly taking over this chilly neighborhood, report an international group of nearly 130 biologists led by scientists from the German Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) today in “Nature”. This has led to an overall increase in the height of tundra plant communities over the past three decades.

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