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BMI Director Presents at the 7th International Canopy Conference in London

A paper has just been presented at Roehampton University that sets out to explain why birds are more diverse and abundant in the drier wandoo woodlands than in the higher rainfall jarrah forest. Based on the author’s data, insects and allied forms on wandoo trees are much more abundant than on trees in the jarrah forest. This seems to be due to higher leaf nutrients, particularly nitrogen, which in turn may be a response to aridity. The superior invertebrate loads on wandoo trees provide greater food resources for birds, which may well explain why they are more abundant and diverse in the less productive wandoo woodlands when compared to jarrah forest. The paper generated much discussion from the delegates, who came from as far afield as China, Taiwan, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Belgium, French Guyana, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Posted: Sep 05, 2016