No Need to Leave Breathing Room when Restoring Wetlands

Those restoring wetlands long believed that leaving space between plants helped them thrive by decreasing the competition for light, nutrients, and other resources. However, new research is showing that bunching plants together actually increases wetland restoration success. The Duke University-led study took place in Florida and the Netherlands and saw a 107 percent boost in survival rates when plants were clumped and left with little-to-no room between individuals.

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