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Tree Seedlings Have a Very Good Reason to Shirk Their Parents

Toxic soil means that staying close to home can be a death sentence.
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In the study of forests, a central mystery has long stood unsolved: The seed that falls far from the tree does a whole lot better in life than the seed that stays close. Though scientists have never fully understood the reasons behind this pattern, they believe that something about the soil of an adult tree makes it unfriendly to seeds of the same species.

In a published in the , researchers grew seedlings in soil

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