Science with doormats

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No, I am not investing in a soccer field, nor am I building an indoor garden for my cat (although the latter loves the idea).

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No, we are planning to dive deep into the study of the movement of plant species along mountain roads. Do I need a bunch of weird-looking doormats for that? Yes, as it is the ideal material to trap seeds falling on them.

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We will install these mats on strategic spots in in the landscape and then just wait. After the growing season, the mats will be taken to the lab and all seeds trapped in the hairs will be carefully collected and identified.

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Even more than just looking where the plants currently are, it will reveal their potential spread in the future. Hopefully more on that later.

And, oh yeah, do not laugh with my mats, they are a proven, published and peer-reviewed tool!

 

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