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Goats grazing on an argan tree in southwestern Morocco. In the fruiting season, many clean argan nuts are spat out by the goats while chewing their cud. H Garrido/EBD-CSIC

Tree-climbing goats disperse seeds by spitting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, 23 May 2017 Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@retseLL   In dry southern Morocco, domesticated goats climb to the precarious tippy tops of native argan trees to find fresh forage. Local herders occasionally prune the bushy, thorny trees for easier climbing and even help goat kids learn to climb. During the bare autumn season, goats…

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Distant volcanic eruptions foster saguaro cacti baby booms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 25 July 2016 Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@retseLL   One hundred and thirty years ago, the volcano Krakatoa erupted in what is now Indonesia, unleashing a cataclysm locally and years of cool temperatures and rain globally. On the far side of the world, a bumper crop of saguaro cacti were getting their start in…

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Goats grazing on an argan tree in southwestern Morocco. In the fruiting season, many clean argan nuts are spat out by the goats while chewing their cud. H Garrido/EBD-CSIC

Tree-climbing goats disperse seeds by spitting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, 23 May 2017 Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@retseLL   In dry southern Morocco, domesticated goats climb to the precarious tippy tops of native argan trees to find fresh forage. Local herders occasionally prune the bushy, thorny trees for easier climbing and even help goat kids learn to climb. During the bare autumn season, goats…

Read More

Distant volcanic eruptions foster saguaro cacti baby booms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 25 July 2016 Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@retseLL   One hundred and thirty years ago, the volcano Krakatoa erupted in what is now Indonesia, unleashing a cataclysm locally and years of cool temperatures and rain globally. On the far side of the world, a bumper crop of saguaro cacti were getting their start in…

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