Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The tallest Amazon tree is not threatened by fires


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

The tallest Amazon tree recorded in the forest, Dinizia excelsa, is fortunately not threatened by the flames that continue to devour the lungs of the world, scientists report.

Old age Dinizia excelsa would not be threatened. The tallest Amazon tree is 88 meters high, not threatened by fires that ravage large areas of the rainforest for several weeks, according to Brazilian and British researchers.

The tallest tree in the Amazon is 88 meters high

Located in the north of Brazil, in a “sanctuary” of giant trees, on the border between the states of Para and Amapa, the tree species Dinizia excelsa has a circumference of 5.5 meters, reveal scientific work recently published by the State Secretariat for Science and Technology of Amapa State (Setec).

These trees are common in this region, but they “generally reach 60 meters,” says Eric Bastos, coordinator of the investigative work carried out in August by researchers from the Federal University of Los Vales de Jequitinhonha (UFVJM) and the British Universities of Cambridge and Swansea.

Dinizia excelsa generally reach 60 meters

The trees have been identified by airborne sensors. “This is a great discovery and we have the duty to preserve” these trees, added the researcher. Due to its location in the forest, the giant is not threatened by the fires linked to deforestation that ravage large areas of the Amazon, said Tuesday to AFP an official Setec.

According to the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), between early January and September 2, 93,175 fire starts were recorded in Brazil – a record since 2010 – including nearly 52% of the Amazon.

Dinizia is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. This genus is native to Brazil where a newly discovered species Dinizia jueirana-facao was found.

Read also: NASA: Amazon forest fires increase carbon monoxide in the atmosphere

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