Latest Center for Tropical Forest Science Stories
History and geology, not current ecology, are likely what has made tropical forests so variable from site to site, according to a new study published in the journal Science.
Sleeping Beauty's kingdom was overgrown by vines when she fell into a deep sleep.
Home to jaguars, harpy eagles and red-eyed tree frogs, tropical forests support some of the rarest species on the planet and are the most biodiverse ecosystems on land.
Plants and people alike face critical choices as they reproduce: to make a few big, well-provisioned seedsâ€”or babies--or many small, poorly-provisioned ones.
Trees in a hyper-diverse tropical rainforest interact with each other and their environment to create and maintain diversity, researchers report in the Oct. 24 issue of the journal Science.
Common tree species in the Amazon will survive even grim scenarios of deforestation and road-building, but rare trees could suffer extinction rates of up to 50 percent, predict Smithsonian scientists and colleagues in the Aug. 12 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
- An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.