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Trees can improve groundwater recharge in tropical drylands

This new article is the result from a recently published study in Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers from CIFOR, ICRAF, CATIE and INERA, lead by Associate Professor Ulrik Ilstedt of SLU (The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).

The project gives new perspectives on a long-standing debate of the impact trees have on groundwater resources. A popular perception is that trees are beneficial to water availability which has motivated tree planting projects across the tropics. But the present scientific paradigm until now has been that trees always consume more water in transpiration and interception (evaporation on leaf surfaces) than other vegetation which has undermined support for these claims.

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