Central Utah's Pando, is threatened

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Central Utah's Pando, is threatened

Post by edfrank » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:34 pm

Central Utah's Pando, world's largest living thing, is threatened, scientists say
By John Hollenhorst, Deseret News
Published: Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 11:06 p.m. MDT

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7000 ... s-say.html

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LOGAN — Utah scientists are trying to organize an emergency rescue effort to save the largest living thing ever discovered, anywhere on Earth. It's known as Pando, a single organism living in central Utah, that some scientists say could also be the world's oldest living thing.

But Pando is dying and may have only a few more years of glory.

It's a grove of quaking aspen trees spanning 106 acres near Fish Lake. Scientists call it an aspen clone, which is essentially a single plant comprised of thousands of trees connected by underground roots. When Pando was discovered a few decades ago, scientists named it with a Latin word that means "I spread."
Mock took DNA samples from 209 trees, mostly within that boundary. Her testing verified what was long suspected. "Genetically, in fact, Pando is one enormous clone over 100 acres," Mock said, "probably over 40,000 individual trees."
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Western North American Naturalist study http://www.deseretnews.com/media/pdf/225220.pdf
Facts http://www.deseretnews.com/media/pdf/225257.pdf
Western Aspen Alliance http://www.western-aspen-alliance.org/

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Re: Central Utah's Pando, is threatened

Post by James Parton » Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:29 pm

It's something how a clone can live so long and them become threatened. Man almost certainly has something to do with it.

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