Ecology | VOL. 10, ISSUE 63, November-December 2010 |

Plants that absorb too much

The water crisis in Darjeeling hills of India has become common knowledge. A mix of human and physical factors such as the arrival of refugees, yearly influx of tourists, indiscriminate use of underground water and irregular rainfall have contributed to this state of affairs. However, a little known cause for this water shortage can be traced to the Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) trees, locally known as Dhuppi - widespread in Darjeeling and brought to the hills by the British. Recent...

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