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Jan 13, 2011

Scientists with the US Forest Service have discovered a new way to predict when trees will bloom under different conditions - a tool that could prove very useful in determining how trees will react to climate change. 
The timing of bud burst (when trees bloom) is very sensitive. Too early, and the buds will die; too late, and the leaves don't experience the necessary amount of growing time. Many of us have seen this in action: a late snow, an early cold snap, even small variations in normal climate patterns can cause trees to drop their leaves early, bloom late, or change their natural cycles in other ways. 
With climate change fast becoming a more serious reality, much larger, more extreme changes to climate patterns may be on the horizon, and learning how trees may react to those changes could give scientists enough lead time to find ways to mitigate the effects. 
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Posted: Thursday January 13, 2011, 8:56 am
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