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Press release: New law discovered in a hole in a tree 23rd June 2005


A team of scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology research site in Oxford have discovered a new fundamental law of biology which applies to everything from microbes to mammals.

They describe their results, obtained from studying tree holes in Wytham Woods, near Oxford, in a paper published in Science on June 24th.

Chris van der Gast from the research team commented: “Microbial communities are vitally important. For example, they help to promote plant growth and protect plants against disease, as well as cleaning up pollution. By knowing the laws that govern natural communities of microbes we can decide whether or not to intervene when pollution occurs.”


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