Thursday, 12 January 2017 03:57

New Science Helps Understand Redwood Ghosts

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After heavy metals were discovered in albino redwoods in 2016, Tom Stapleton and Zane Moore have teamed up to help further understand these new questions in albino redwood research. A select group of Tom’s chimeric albino redwoods are being tested with a specific heavy metal to see if this enhances albino redwood growth. The results may give us a better understanding of why we see these mutations in the wild and if redwoods are truly filtering out these toxins. Below is an article from the Bay Nature Magazine discussing the topic:

Bay Nature Magazine Article on Albino Redwood Research

Fellow research colleague Zane Moore shares his recent discovery about the ecology of Albino Redwoods in releation to soil toxicity. Learn what finally may be causing these mutations to occur in coast redwoods below in this poster & news links:

 

The mystery of the ‘ghost trees’ may be solved

Ghost Redwoods Mountain Echo Newsletter

Albino Redwoods May Hold Key to Understanding Forest Health

 

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Once again Arborist Tom Stapleton put on another exciting booth presentation at the Forestlands Expo in Ft. Bragg on Labor Day weekend. Tom teamed up with Mendocino Redwood Company during the Paul Bunyan Days festivities in Ft. Bragg. Locals from the area had a firsthand look at some of the rare trees that Tom had in propagation. Tom explained that these trees are essentially the “Canary in the coal mine” telling us how redwoods are adapting to an ever-changing environment where the implications of pollution may be having an effect on the redwood forests.

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Paul Bunyan (played by Mike Stephens) stands alongside Robert Douglas Senior Biologist/Forest Science Manager for Mendocino Redwood Company during the Paul Bunyan Day’s festivities in Ft. Bragg.

On June 7th Tom Stapleton held a booth presentation about albino and chimera redwoods at Trees of Mystery. The turnout was great with tourists and locals alike coming out to see the fascinating trees which Tom and Zane are studying. School children from Mary Peacock Elementary in Crescent City were seen listening to Tom's description of the science behind the trees. The kids had the chance to look into a microscope and see up close the distinct color patterns within chimeric albino redwoods. Many were taken back by the idea that redwoods could grow in such beautiful color arrays. Folks visiting from out of state expecting to see only redwoods of great size and height were pleasantly surprised by the multicolored redwood trees. Some people exclaimed, "is this real" as if interpreting that the foliage was fake. Tom said: "experience it for yourself". The expression on most people’s faces was one of bewilderment that a redwood could exhibit such a bright white appearance and yet be so soft. For more information about the visit, you can read it here in the Crescent City Triplicate newspaper: Albino Redwoods News Article 5-28-16

Thanks again to Debbie and Brenda at Trees of Mystery for making this visit possible!

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