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Man-made noise disrupts the growth of plants and trees

2012-03-25

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BBC Nature reports on recent research that indicates that noise not only alters birdsong and can make it difficult for some predators to hunt, but also seem to affects plants. A US team found that industrial noise disrupted the behaviour of animals that pollinate plants and disperse seeds. This, they suggest, could be slowly transforming our landscape, especially by changing the dispersal of slow-growing trees.

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