Trophic Cascade

     Howard 2018
Forestlake Tooth Fairy X Forestlake No Hangups
4 way branching,21 buds
Misty rose bi-tone with rose eye and gold toothy edge. I do not grow either of the parents--never have.This one was
from seeds I purchased from Fran Harding a few years ago. Fertile both ways. The parents have been lost to
cultivation so this is a chance to get some unique toothy genetics into your program.

Trophic cascade (I love how the words just roll, off the tongue-lol) refers to the indirect control that an animal high on
the food chain can have on the ecology of an area. For example, predators can reduce the population density of their
direct prey or can hinder the behavior of their prey to such an extent that they improve the survival of other species
that their prey suppressed. Trophic cascades can also have the opposite effect: The removal of the top predator from
a food chain can raise the population of its prey, leading in turn to reductions of species at the next lower trophic level.

There is an example of this that has been studied in Yellowstone Park,where wolves were re-introduced in 1995 after
being hunted to extinction in the 1920's. During those 70 years the elk population thrived without the presence of
wolves and their numbers led to a drop in the levels of certain plants (aspens, willows, and grasses) they feed on.
Re-introduction of the wolves reduced the elk population and increased the numbers of those plants. The increase in
willows helped beavers,and the increase in their numbers actually changed the course of rivers in Yellowstone--a true
"cascade" effect. What happened is a little more complex than what I have outlined,but it is fascinating. Just google it
or look here :