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New Research Suggests Native Plant Species Might be at Higher Risk of Extinction

New Research Suggests Native Plant Species Might be at Higher Risk of Extinction

A new study has suggested that the climate change might cause the native plant species of an area go extinct before the non-native plants.

The study was contacted by a group of researchers from the Indiana University and Michigan State University. The paper was recently published in the journal Ecology Letters and it examines the effects of global warming on native and non-native plants of an area.

Interestingly, the researchers have found that the non-native plants of an area might be more efficient at adapting to the climate change compared to their native counterparts. As the timing of a plant’s life cycle is crucial for its survival, a non-native species might be able to switch its production cycle of seed much more efficiently.

The researchers found that native plants were slow to response to climate warming while the non-native species shifted their cycle much faster. As a result, non-native plant species might gain a significant advantage when it comes to survival in an area.

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