Tree-bark thickness indicates fire-resistance in a hotter future

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01/19/2017 10:46 AM EST

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A new study has found that trees worldwide develop thicker bark when they live in fire-prone areas. The findings suggest that bark thickness could help predict which forests and savannas will survive a warmer climate in which wildfires are expected to increase in frequency.

Full story at https://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/39/83I64/?section=topstories

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Princeton University

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