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Did the first flowering plants change the soil?

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Scientists at Wageningen have suggested that the first flowering plants got started in the cretaceous (very roughly, 100 million years ago) because they could do better in rich soil, and because their leaves decomposed faster, making a richer soil than the leaves of conifers and other groups. Then, as they did better, there would have been more nutrients available, so they would have had more of an advantage.

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Written by Thomas Kluyver

11 July, 2009 at 9:09 pm

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