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Building a Case for Biological Corridors

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Science  21 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5538, pp. 2199
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5538.2199

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Although many of the problems in implementing the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor are social and political (see main text), a fundamental scientific question remains: Do corridors actually work? Researchers are now looking for evidence that corridors promote desired genetic exchange between populations. One such study is reported this week in Science (p. 2246), showing that changing the landscape can have a large effect on populations.