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Insects, pollen, seeds travel wildlife corridors

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11:25am, October 22, 2002

In an unusual test of a conservation strategy called wildlife corridors, strips of habitat boosted insect movement, plant pollination, and seed dispersal among patches of the same ecosystem.

Theory predicts that adding such corridors enhances the benefits of otherwise isolated preserves, says Joshua Tewksbury of the University of Washington in Seattle. He and his colleagues tested that strategy in South Carolina pine forests.

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