Diversity Reduces Disease Risk in Plants Too

High species diversity is believed to reduce the spread of disease because some species are more susceptible to the disease than others. But what if it’s a disease that all the species get? And what if the species are plants?

A study published in the current issue of Ecology Letters found that the principle of disease dissolution still applied. The disease spread more slowly in more species-rich forests, perhaps because the different species, while all susceptible, had different levels of susceptibility and transmitted the disease at different rates.

Read the article here.

Read a little blurb about the research from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, here.

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