Tree Frog Forestry News

The DNA of ancient giant trees could possibly save our forests

By Karen Graham
Digital Journal
February 12, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What if we could revive giant creatures that once roamed the Earth? Well, that’s what arborists are doing today, only they’re cloning saplings from the stumps of the world’s largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees, the giant redwoods. …Working with the experts, Archangel has perfected the technique of extracting DNA from these long, lost trees. While examining some old, presumably dead, redwood tree stumps, Milarch and his son Jake discovered living tissue growing from the trees’ roots, a material known as baseless or stump sprouts. According to Yale Environment 360, The Milarchs collected DNA from the stumps of five giant coast redwoods, all larger than the largest tree living today. These included a giant sequoia known as General Sherman with a 25-foot diameter.

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