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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly

Posted on March 15th, 2014 at 20:59 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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However, there are even more fundamental issues going on in the environment. According to a new study published in Oecologia, decomposers—organisms such as microbes, fungi and some types of insects that drive the process of decay—have also suffered from the contamination. These creatures are responsible for an essential component of any ecosystem: recycling organic matter back into the soil. Issues with such a basic-level process, the authors of the study think, could have compounding effects for the entire ecosystem.

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