Plant ecology study shows dominant influence of climate on vegetation

04 Mar 2024
Savanna/forest boundary
04 Mar 2024
Original article published by University of Bayreuth

For several years, ecological research has argued that climate often has no determining influence on the distribution of forests and savannas in tropical regions. However, an international research team led by Prof. Dr. Steven Higgins at the University of Bayreuth has now succeeded in proving that it depends mostly on climatic factors whether regions in Africa are covered by forest or savanna. The study, published in Science, thus confirms the dominant role of climate in the formation of global vegetation patterns.

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