Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Leila Nilipour

Leila Nilipour is a bilingual storyteller based in Panama City. 

A 17-Year Study Reveals How Dead Leaves Are a Tropical Forest Lifeline

A 17-year experiment in Panama revealed that the process of leaves falling and decomposing on the ground provides nutrients to the soil that help promote tree growth in otherwise infertile tropical forests.