Environment

๐ŸŒด Small trees can save the rainforest during dry periods

Small trees are better at handling drought than large ones and can preserve the rainforest even if drought kills many large trees.

๐ŸŒด Small trees can save the rainforest during dry periods

Dry periods are becoming more common in the Amazon and it is the end of many large trees that are sensitive to drought. But it does not have to mean disaster for the rainforest in general. Small trees cope with the drought much better and then get the chance to grow, research from the University of Exeter shows.

This may sound completely natural, but it has not been clear that small trees actually survive drought better than large trees in the rainforest or that they can then quickly benefit from the increased sunlight. The researchers behind the study also believe that small trees that have survived severe drought are less susceptible to drought even when they have grown large.

The discovery gives hope that rainforests can recover well from temporary drought, even if it may look hopeless at first glance.

"Conditions in the Amazon are changing due to climate change and the trees have to adapt to survive. Our research shows that small trees have a better ability than the larger trees to change their physiology when the environment changes, โ€says David Bartholmew at the University of Exeter and one of the researchers behind the study.

Read the full report here.

JOIN OUR PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP TODAY

By becoming a premium member, you'll have full access to all content and be supporting the Warp News non-profit foundation and our efforts to spread fact-based optimism all over the world.

You've successfully subscribed to Warp News
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to Warp News
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.
Success! Your billing info is updated.
Billing info update failed.