Light Intensity and Plant Diversity
Name: Ruth S.
Date: Monday, December 02, 2002
How does light intensity affect plant diversity and why?
Different plants are adapted to different light levels. Some thrive in full
sun, others do well in shade. In the upper midwest at least, there are more
species adapted to full sun than to shade. In an undisturbed open prairie
there may be several hundred species per acre, while in a shaded forest
there will be far fewer. Light level is often a critical limiting factor for
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