25 Jul '17, 10pm

via @mongabay

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Intact forests are among the few places on earth where native trees and animals can fulfill their ecological roles outside the influence of industrial humankind. Some interpret “intact” to mean absent the influence of people, but people have lived within forests the world over for millennia and we are only beginning to understand how they have – and continue to – influence them. A recent article in Science reviews plant domestication practices by pre-Columbian peoples in the Amazon, concluding that they continue to influence the composition of the forest we know today. Of the roughly 16,000 woody species the Science researchers identified within the Amazon forest, a mere 227 account for more than half of the total number of trees in the Amazon , a disproportionality that the authors refer to as “hyper-dominant.” Pre-Columbian peoples domesticated roughly 10 percent of thes...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/07/conserving-the-worlds-r...

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