Living on the Edge

Botany | Climate Change

tanja.barendziak@uni-bremen.de | 19/12/12 | Bremen, Germany

Photo:  Pinus pinea ( Italian stone pine ). Source: http://www.botanikus.de

 

Trees often grow to appear sturdy and strong, but many are living on the edge. A worldwide survey of more than 200 types of trees, published in November, has shown that most trees don’t have a built-in safety net that would allow them to survive a serious drought which is a predicted consequence of climate change. "We can expect more forest diebacks," says Bettina Engelbrecht, a tropical forest ecologist at the University of Bayreuth in Germany who was not involved with the work. "No forest is immune."

Read more: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/11/trees-living-on-the-edge.html

 

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