So much connectivity work is about finding ways for large mobile organisms to get from one place to another. What about less mobile species like plants? They still need to disperse from one place to another, it just takes a little more time.
A new paper in Science shows that experimental longleaf restoration corridors increased plant diversity in the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. This is part of a long-term connectivity experiment where they’re restoring longleaf in different patterns within a large area of pine plantation. The experimental approach to looking at corridors is another very cool thing that sets this work apart. Landscape scale experiments like this are very rare and we’re lucky to have one in the South Atlantic!