Vegetation is the largest living element in the Earth’s biosphere and is essential for upholding biodiversity. The response of the world’s vegetation to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide plays a major role in predictions of global warming.
Figure 1. An evolutionary vegetation model was developed to examine the role of deep roots for upholding plant diversity (click on image to enlarge).
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