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From a single leaf to a sea of green: The predictive power of leaves for forest ecology

In his poem “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote: “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”For Arizona State University biologist Benjamin Blonder, the wonder of a single leaf begins upon a closer examination of its veins under the microscope. These fingerprint-like patterns — many unique to a plant species — turn out to have a tremendous potential toward understanding the ecological health of plants, trees and forests.

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