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Rainforest: Episode 1 - The Mountain Rainforest – A Burning Topic

Rainforest: Episode 1 - The Mountain Rainforest – A Burning Topic

Biodiversity in the tropical rainforests of Ecuador is under serious threat. To gain more pastures, mankind is exploiting the ecosystem by slashing and burning – at the expense of both flora and fauna. Researchers at the San Francisco research station are doing pioneering work in a quest for new ways for mankind to use nature without destroying it.

The rate of deforestation in Ecuador is higher than almost anywhere else in Latin America, making it the ideal place for the "Tropical Mountain Rainforest" research group. In the Río San Francisco valley in the east Andes of southern Ecuador, 25 working groups are cooperating on a common problem: How does the ecosystem of the tropical mountain rainforest work, and how can it be used sustainably? To answer this question, the researchers need to collect and evaluate an immense amount of data....

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Universities/institutes
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Topics
Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences an Mathematics
Keywords
DFG Science TV, rainforest, deforestation, tropical mountain, research, trees, destruction, biodiversity, ecuador, slashing, burning, flora, fauna, 2008
Copyright
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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