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Litter-Trapping Palms

One of the cruel ironies of the Tropics is that the soils that support magnificent rainforests are notoriously infertile. If tropical soils are so nutrient-poor, how can they support such diverse, towering forests? The paradox of rich and complex forests growing on infertile land was not resolved until the mid-twentieth century, when ecologists shed light […]

Your IPS Endowment Fund at work

The following notes from Endowment Award recipients illustrate some of the progress made in palm research, education and conservation with support from the IPS. Dr. Roxaneh S. Khorsand, Department of Biology, University of Northern Colorado, USA. “While I was a graduate student, I had support from the IPS to study the reproductive biology of Mauritia […]