What is the future for Portugal’s cork forests?

Corks have been familiar in wine bottles for centuries. The forests that supply them are a rich ecosystem in their own right, but they are under threat as vintners move to using cheaper, more reliable plastic corks. The consequenses for the special ecosystems of the cork forests are serious:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7623912.stm

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