A newly published scientific study validates Archangel’s decades-long work to protect and preserve ancient trees. The paper details the critical ecosystem role that ancient trees play in protecting our ecosystem.

The journal Nature Plants is a monthly journal that publishes the best research on plants. A new peer-reviewed scientific paper released today validates Archangel’s work.

The paper concludes that ancient trees “are vital to long-term forest adaptive capacity and provide invaluable data about environmental history and individual longevity.”

“Ancient trees must be protected to preserve their invaluable diversity.”

-the paper’s authors

Ancient trees play a vital role. That’s why Archangel collects the genetics of these old forest giants. Science needs a chance to unlock the secrets contained in their ancient genetics.

Why This Matters

Archangel collects the genetics of these trees, propagates exact copies, and places them around the world in “living libraries.”

Archangel Co-Founder David Milarch says, “climate change and deforestation are making it more difficult for these old forest giants to survive. We are protecting their genetics in our living libraries because it will give science a chance to unlock the tree’s potential for future generations.”

David Milarch stands next to a 3,000-year-old Giant Sequoia that Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has cloned.
David Milarch stands next to a 3,000-year-old Giant Sequoia that Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has cloned.

One of the paper’s co-authors, Gianluca Piovesan, said: “This study recalls the urgent need for a global strategy to conserve biodiversity.” People and corporations can help by preserving intact forests. Especially the tiny remnant of a few ancient trees that have survived.

“I’m a fifth-generation nurseryman without any scientific training,” says Milarch. “It’s important to me that the scientists are confirming what we’ve felt all along. These ancient trees play a vital role in humanity’s survival. It’s worth doing everything we can to help them thrive.”

The authors insist that ancient trees must be protected to preserve their invaluable diversity.

Archangel is working to do just that.

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