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    WORM AND FUZZY Grist Diarist Studies Impact of Nonnative Earthworms on Northern Forests Conservation biologists work in mysterious ways. Take Andy Holdsworth,
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2003
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      WORM AND FUZZY
      Grist Diarist Studies Impact of Nonnative Earthworms on Northern Forests

      Conservation biologists work in mysterious ways. Take Andy
      Holdsworth, a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. His main
      research project involves inserting arrays of metal electrodes into
      forested areas and shocking up to 60,000 earthworms out of the
      ground. Don't worry: The worms get a happy new home, and Holdsworth
      gets worm-free plots where he can study the ecology of Minnesota
      forests that are free of the invasive little crawlers. Earthworms
      are so omnipresent that most people don't realize that they didn't
      exist in the northern U.S. until European settlers inadvertently
      brought them along with fruit trees from the old country. Now, in
      some areas, there are more than 1.5 million per acre. Learn more fun
      worm facts from a week's worth of Holdsworth's diary entries -- only
      on the Grist Magazine website.

      only in Grist: A week in the life of Andy Holdsworth, conservation biologist
      <http://www.gristmagazine.com/dearme/holdsworth090203.asp?source=daily>
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