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Species Extinction Could Slash Productivity of Earth's Plants by as Much as Half

November 5, 2007

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A new study conducted by an international team of scientists shows that as plant species around the world go extinct, natural habitats become less productive and contain fewer total plants--a situation that could ultimately compromise important benefits that humans get from nature. The study appears in the Nov. 5, 2007, online issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Full Story

University of California, Santa Barbara

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