Urban Biodiversity

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Researchers at the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER have studied plant and animal diversity in the city.

 

CAP scientists test theories about plant and animal diversity in cities. In Phoenix, plant diversity is higher compared with the surrounding Sonoran desert because of landscaping to create a desert "oasis city." However, exotic and invasive birds and arthropods often out-compete native species in the city.
 

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