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Montane Wildflower Study Shows Changing Landscape

USA
28 June 2011

The National Science Foundation based in the United States is reporting on a study of wildflower season in montane meadow ecosystems in the United States: 

'It's summer wildflower season in the Rocky Mountains, a time when high-peaks meadows are dotted with riotous color.

'But for how long?

'Once, wildflower season in montane meadow ecosystems extended throughout the summer months. But now scientists have found a fall-off in wildflowers at mid-season.

'They published their results, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in the current issue of the Journal of Ecology.

'"Shifts in flowering in mountain meadows could in turn affect the resources available to pollinators like bees," says David Inouye of the University of Maryland, currently on leave in NSF's Division of Environmental Biology.

'Inouye and colleagues George Aldridge and William Barr of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Jessica Forrest of the University of California at Davis, and Abraham Miller-Rushing of the USA National Phenology Network in Tucson, Ariz., found that such changes could become more common as climate change progresses.'

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Read the complete article at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=119843

About the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

 

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