Thursday, 3 September 2015

Plant A Tree,

and potentially stop a forest fire,

but not just any tree, it has to be a Mediterranean/Italian cypress tree, (Cupressus sempervirens), why so? in the 1980's, researchers planted varieties of trees in Spain, testing how the different varieties of trees would handle exposure to a deadly pathogen, then, in 2012, disaster struck, the study area was burned to a crisp, 'when we got there we saw that all the common oaks, holm oaks, pines, and junipers had completely burnt, but only 1.27% of the Mediterranean cypresses had ignited,' study author Bernab√© Moya told BBC Mundo, the reason they survived was simple, they found that cypress trees are able to maintain a high water content in their leaves, even in very hot, dry conditions, other trees, like aspen or cottonwood are fire-resistant, but their dry, fallen leaves can be a fire risk, whereas the fallen leaves from the cyprus act like a sponge and hold on to water, so at least in the Mediterranean area researchers are looking to use this tree to make natural fire breaks, I wonder if the idea would help in America, Canada, Australia and other wildfire areas in the world?

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