Old-Growth Trees More Drought Tolerant Than Younger Ones, Providing a Buffer Against Climate Change

December 1, 2022


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5-15 mins
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Presented by Michigan News

Research conducted by the University of Michigan confirms a direct correlation between old-growth trees and drought conditions. The analysis of more than 20,000 trees on five continents shows that old-growth trees are more drought tolerant than younger trees in the forest canopy and may be better able to withstand future climate extremes. Tsun Fung (Tom) Au, a U-M forest ecologist, highlights the findings of the research and the importance of old-growth forests.

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