MO Botanical Garden part of Andes study

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — Scientists from the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis will take party in a study examining the effects of climate change on plants and animals in South America’s Andes mountain range.

The goal is to provide Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru with information that can guide future decision-making, adaptation measures and conservation planning.

Botanical Garden associate curator Peter Jorgensen says this will be the first project of its kind in the Andes, where he says thousands of species are already in danger of extinction.

Copyright 2010 Associated Press

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