Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Top Predators and Biodiversity

Wolves, the dog relative in wildlife, are top predators. New research shows that top predators like wolves play a much more important role for biodiversity than previously thought. Wolves kill large prey like moose, and the remains of the moose enrich the soil where it is left. The soil becomes more fertile, causing rapid growth of microbial and fungal life. This just adds to all the other evidence of the importance of our relatives, the wolves. Dogs are important in human civilisation, wolves outside of it. Are we not great?

2 comments:

Ylva said...

The greatest. :)

Daily Hailey said...

:)