How bears engineer Japanese forests

Japanese black bears

Japanese black bears live in forested regions of Honshu and Shikoku. The bears are “ecosystem engineers,” a new study claims, because when they break tree branches, the gaps allow light to reach other plants.

Takahashi et al/PLOS ONE 2015 (CC-BY 4.0)

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