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Large mammals make soil more fertile in tropical forests

1 month ago   |   By British Ecological Society

The White-lipped peccary Tayassu pecari is a boar-like hoofed mammal found throughout Central and South America. These animals roam the forest in bands of 50 to 100 individuals, eating a wide variety of foods. In Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest, they prefer the fruit of the jussara palm Euterpe edulis.
The jussara is very abundant in this biome, probably thanks to vast amounts of dung, urine, and soil trampling by peccaries as well as tapirs and other fruit-eating animals, or frugivores. This behavior releases forms of nitrogen, a key element in plant growth.
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