Pictured: the & # 39; oldest tree in Europe & # 39; growing at the age of 1,230 in Italy while officials are investigating ways to protect the old pine
- Researchers nicknamed & # 39; old pines & # 39; the nickname when it was discovered by accident in 2017 in Calabria, Italy
- Boom grew in Pollino National Park and turned out to be 1,230 years old after carbon dating
- Researchers are studying how to keep the Loricato pine healthy and to protect it against the destruction of climate change
- It grows on a very steep rocky slope that protects the old trunk and branches against fires and lightning
The oldest living tree in Europe is still growing at the age of more than 1,200, while experts fight to keep it healthy and protect it from harsh weather conditions.
Researchers nicknamed & # 39; pine & # 39; the nickname when he was discovered by accident in Pollino National Park in Calabria, Italy in 2017.
The Loricato pine, the oldest tree in Europe at the age of 1,230, turned out to be more than a millennium old by scientists who use carbon dating.
It grows on a very steep rocky slope that protects the old trunk and branches from fire and lightning and keeps it at a cooler temperature.
Now a team from the Pollino National Park, in collaboration with the University of Tuscia, is trying to figure out how to protect the weathered tree from the ravages of climate change.
Italus – the oldest tree in Europe – in the Pollino National Park, in Cerchiara di Calabria. Italus is a loricate and was accidentally discovered in 2017 in the Serra della Ciavole mountainside
Italus is 1,230 years old and is located at an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea level. It grows on a very steep rocky slope that protects the old trunk and branches against fire and lightning and keeps it at a cooler temperature
Studying growth through changing climates can also help scientists better understand how forests respond to global warming.
Italus germinated in 789 AD – the year in which the Vikings first boarded the English coast, according to a research article published last May.
The tree sits at an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea level, on the southern slope of the mountains of Serra della Ciavole.
Carmelo Pizzuti, a Pollino National Park official, said the special tree should be kept for future generations.
He told LaC News24: & # 39; We have an obligation as an institution to make the scientific value of this tree known to many more people.
& # 39; With regard to tourism, however, we must ask ourselves about nature conservation. We must also guarantee the preservation of the tree for future generations.
& # 39; We are working on setting up important structures, including communication, to keep the tree as long as possible if it has been in its current position for 1,230 years. & # 39;
Carmelo Pizzuti, mountain guide and official of the Pollino National Park, inspects Italus, the oldest tree in Europe, in the Pollino National Park
Italus germinated in 789 AD and was named after a king who ruled Calabria before the Greeks set foot on the Italian peninsula
Italus has survived a number of different weather conditions during the last millennium, including a colder period in the Middle Ages and rising temperatures in the last 100 years.
Despite the unpredictable climate of recent years, the millennium-old pine has seen a recent growth.
Researchers noted that after placing smaller rings in the trunk of the last few centuries, the old pines have grown more substantial rings, indicating better environmental conditions.
The name & # 39; Italus & # 39; comes from the origins of the region and is named after a king who ruled Calabria before the Greeks set foot on the Italian peninsula.
Pizzuti added: & # 39; Italus came spontaneously, we went back to the history of our region.
& # 39; When the ancient Greeks came to our coast, they knew that the Enotrio people already existed, their king was Italy. We can say that Calabria was in a certain sense the first Italy and based on this we chose the name for the oldest tree in the park. & # 39;
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