Monday, November 29, 2010

Hitchiti Experiment Forest

Tree hugging and sticking hands in unknown holes 

Wild ginger is a plant indigenous to North America. It grows in moist, rich soils in shady woodlands. The leaves are shaped like a large heart or kidney, and they are hairy, dark green, and deeply indented at the stem.

Leaf litter decomposition is a source of nutrients in a forest ecosystem. Leaves are broken down by decomposers and organic material is released in the soil.

The southern pine beetle is one of the most destructive insects to the pine tree, especially in the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America. These insects multiply in outbreak proportions and kill large numbers of trees. The warning signs are: leaf discoloration, yellow needles becoming red, and groups of trees being effected over several hundred acres.

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