24 Jan '12, 3pm

Burnt 3,500 Year Old Tree in Florida Is a Candidate for Cloning

Burnt 3,500 Year Old Tree in Florida Is a Candidate for Cloning

Father of JGKlein /Public Domain . The Senator, in 1967. The January 16 burning of The Senator , an enormous cypress tree in Longwood, Florida, was much mourned, and rightfully so. At 3,500 years of age, it was one of the oldest trees in the world and the largest east of the Mississippi River. But the loss of the great tree does not have to be permanent, says a group dedicated to forestation. The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive wants to clone the Senator's DNA to preserve and propagate the genetics of a one of nature's greatest success stories. When the tree burnt on January 16 of this year, arson was originally suspected , but investigators determined that it had actually burned from the inside out after being struck by lightning earlier in the month. Firefighters' efforts to save the historic tree were unsuccessful. The Senator is survived by a neighboring cypress tree- L...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/burnt-3500-yea...

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