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Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient baobab trees

October 9th, 2018

International scientists have discoveredthat most of the oldest and largest African baobab (Adensonia digitata) trees have died over the past 12 years. Theysuspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have nodirect evidence of this. The tree can grow to an enormous size, and may livehundreds if not thousands of years. The researchers, from universities in SouthAfrica, Romania and the US, say the loss of the trees is “an event of anunprecedented magnitude”. Revealing the findings in the journal  Nature Plants they say the deaths were not caused by an epidemic.The trees that have died or are dyingare found in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. They are allbetween 1,000 and more than 2,500 years old. Baobabs are an iconic feature inmany parts of the continent. See more at BBC.co.uk undernews/science-environment-4441884914.6.18


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