Cloning world's oldest trees to build new forests


  • Environment
  • Wednesday, 06 Jan 2016

Scaling 'Lady Liberty' to collect samples. Photo: AFP/Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

A non-profit group of environmentalists have launched a mission to regrow forests created from the world's oldest trees, in the hopes that their efforts will preserve the species for future generations.

Genetic samples of a 2,000 year old bald cypress tree in Florida were collected earlier this week by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive organisation.

The original tree, known as Lady Liberty, is located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, Florida, and survives its cousin tree called The Senator, a 3,500 year old bald cypress tree that burned down in 2012.

In an effort to save the line of genetics from a similar tragedy, and having undertaken similar projects across the US, Ireland and England, Archangel was called in with a plan to collect the samples and distribute Lady Liberty's clones in a living archive to create build new forests of from the ancient tree.

The group said on its official site that other specimens will also be donated to schools and various organisations in its native Florida. – AFP Relaxnews

A great egret in a cypress grove in the Everglades National Park, Florida. Photo: Public domain
A great egret in a cypress grove in the Everglades National Park, Florida. Photo: Public domain

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