Researchers are inducing a drought in an Australian rainforest to study its effects

Mongabay: Susan Laurance and colleagues at James Cook University in Australia wanted to study how different groups of plants in tropical forests are affected by drought. So a few months ago, the researchers used 3,000 clear plastic panels to create what they call a “raincoat for a rainforest,” artificially inducing a drought in several thousand square meters of the Daintree Rainforest on the northeast coast of Queensland. The drought experiment allows the team to study a wide range of plant life, from trees......

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