Trees That Aren't Programmed to Die

Trees That Aren't Programmed to Die

Constant Wonder

Gingko Trees, Tanks

Episode: Gingko Trees, Tanks

  • Jan 15, 2021 8:00 pm
  • 17:52 mins

Aging is not the reason Gingko trees die. They are not genetically programmed to age, and they use several mechanisms to continue to survive for hundreds of years. This means they haven’t evolved much for hundreds of thousands of years, making them living fossils of what the world was like 200 million years ago. Guest: Richard Dixon, Associate Director of the BioDiscovery Institute and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas, Denton