Drought-Exposed Leaves Adversely Affect Soil Nutrients, Study Shows

Outlet: ScienceDaily

April 5, 2011

Chemical changes in tree leaves subjected to warmer, drier conditions that could result from climate change may reduce the availability of soil nutrients, according to a Purdue University study. Jeff Dukes, an associate professor of forestry and natural resources, found that red maple leaves accumulate about twice as much tannin when exposed to hot, droughtlike conditions…

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