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Foresting natural grasslands: Ecological threat

If you were to ask if we should grow more forests, a typical reply would be, “Of course, forests help fight global warming” or that “forests harbour life.” However, did you know that “growing” artificial forests, which replace the existing landscape, is not always the best of choices? Yes, although it seems counter-intuitive, artificial forests may sometimes do more harm than good.

A recent study by researchers at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, University of Leeds, UK, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, has traced some of these misinformed decisions, made in the past, trying to grow forests in the shola-grassland landscapes in the Nilgiris. The study is published in the journal Biological Conservation.