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Impacts of Agriculture Expansion in Amazon

Two new studies led by Christopher Neill, director of the MBL Ecosystems Center, and his colleagues Michael Coe and Marcia Macedo of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), and WHRC Distinguished Visiting Scientist Eric Davidson, will examine the environmental impacts of the expansion and intensification of Amazon soybean agriculture and identify potential management strategies to reduce those impacts.

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