El Niño-linked decreases in soil moisture could trigger massive tropical-plant die offs: New insights could help farmers, water managers in tropical regions prepare for impact on crops

New research has found that El Niño events are often associated with droughts in some of the world's more vulnerable tropical regions. Associated with warmer than average ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific, El Niños can in turn influence global weather patterns and tropical precipitation, and these changes can lead to massive plant die-offs if other extreme factors are also at play.