A tragedy – an ancient beech tree is fired.

Although very sad because there is evidence that a lot of the trunk could have been retained rather than cut down, it is interesting to view how little sapwood was required to keep this big tree standing and alive. There were about 30 live rings on this tree. It looks like the pseudoscleretial plates created by the fungi played a part in stopping the fire from doing even more damage to the live wood.

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    Sean Freeman said,

    I wonder if David L could shed light on whether there has been any other observations of fungi playing a role in fire retardation…Can’t help but think that the heat generated would have cooked living wood cells along that boundary. Observations from Victorian bush fires points to intensity and duration being the keys to whether cambium survives to the point where epicormic shoots can be produced after the fire passes.


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