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Alpine flora defied ice ages

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The alpine flora is extraordinarily rich in species. Many species are endemic and perfectly adapted to the nasty conditions of the mountains. For hundreds of years, researchers have been puzzling over how and when the flora in the Alpine region acquired its biological diversity.

An international research team with the participation of the ecologist Niklaus Zimmermann from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) is now giving an “unprecedented insight into the history of the diversification” of the alpine mountain flora, as the study published on Wednesday says.

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