River plants counter both flooding and drought to protect biodiversity

Research by NIOZ scientist Loreta Cornacchia shows that plants determine the water flow, rather than the other way around. ‘The implications for water management are huge’, says Cornacchia. Currently, plants in streams are often regarded as a nuisance because they are thought to obstruct the flow of water. The new findings that got published today open up the way towards a more nature-based approach to the control of water levels.

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