Canopy Roots: Convergent Evolution in Rainforest Nutrient Cycles

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Science  27 Nov 1981:
Vol. 214, Issue 4524, pp. 1023-1024
DOI: 10.1126/science.214.4524.1023


Accumulations of living and dead epiphytes in the canopy of rainforest trees provide an aboveground nutrient resource. A wide range of host tree species in both temperate and tropical rainforests gain access to these nutrients by putting forth extensive networks of adventitious roots beneath the epiphyte mats they support.

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