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Colonisers ruined Western Ghats, says study

A study by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, and University of Leeds, UK, has thrown light on how bio-diversity hotspot Western Ghats were destroyed by planting vast tracts of grasslands with trees for firewood and timber, putting over 150 local flora and fauna species in danger. The study by Atul Arvind JoshiMahesh Sankaran and Jayashree Ratnam published recently in a leading journal shows how it led to natural tropical grasslands transform into exotic tree plantations.