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December 02, 2016

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

 * New topic: Complete genome sequence of Ginkgo decoded.

 * New photo on Photospecial page: Fallen Ginkgo leaves + poem by Howard Nemerov. 

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November 22, 2016

Complete genome sequence of Ginkgo decoded


Chinese researchers (BGI, Zheijiang University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences) laid bare the complete genome sequence of Ginkgo biloba, the oldest extant tree species.
They reveal its genome to be huge, comprising some 10.6 billion DNA "letters", containing 41,840 annotated genes. 
The human genome contains just three billion letters.

Multiple seeds at visually different developmental stages were collected from five separate large Ginkgo trees at one of the Ginkgo refuge populations located on Tianmu Mountain, Zhejiang Province, China.

Its genome will be an extensive resource for studies concerning plant defences against insects and pathogens, and research investigating early events  in tree evolution and in evolution overall.
the ginkgo genome will provide an extensive resource for studies concerning plant defenses against insects and pathogens, and research investigating early events in tree evolution and in evolution overall.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-fossil-genome-unveiled.html#jCp


Read more:
Phys.org
BBC news
Full text article GigaScience/BioMed Central 

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November 20, 2016

Ginkgo trees in fall on twitter: The Ginkgo Tweets

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November 09, 2016

Ginkgo leaves are falling !

This Ginkgo tree in Romania drops its leaves all at once.
Location: Rose`s Park  Bacău.
Wonderful!



Video on YouTube by DEFERLARI BACAU

This video is from Korea:



Video on YouTube by Jh Kim.

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October 26, 2016

Big Ginkgo of Kuwanomoto, Japan



A year in the life of the "Big Ginkgo of Kuwanomoto".

Location: Close to a temple,  Toyooka, Hyōgo Prefecture, Takeno-cho, Kuwanomoto, Japan.
Height 48 m, girth 9.9 m, planted c. 1650.
Natural monument.
Read more here.

Video by Jiro Fujiwara on YouTube.

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October 18, 2016

UNITAR 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo (3)

Continued from my post on April 29 + May 2:


October 3: 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plants Hiroshima A-bomb survivor Ginkgo sapling as a symbol of peace in the UN European Headquarters, Geneva.
This Ginkgo sapling is a direct descendent of one of the oldest living trees in Hiroshima’s historical Shukkeiin Garden.


Photo: Unitar

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October 06, 2016

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Update new topic: 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo tree planted at UN Geneva, Oct. 3.
 
* New photo on Photospecial page: Old Ginkgo tree, Maldegem, Belgium + video.

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September 30, 2016

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September 18, 2016

Revisited: Old Ginkgo Maldegem, Belgium


Revisited: Old Ginkgo tree at Maldegem, Belgium,  Noordstraat 15, front garden of former house (castle) of Victor deLille.
c. 1840, female tree, with chichi.
Enlarged photo on my website: Photospecial page

More info/photo/videos on my website.

Another photo on Flickr by ArcheoNet Vlaanderen.

Recent video I made of this great tree:


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August 24, 2016

Ginkgo on woodblock print 1801 and Kabuki Theater Edo


Woodblock print by Utagawa Toyokuni I,  1801-1802.
Thirteen famous actors sheltering from the rain under Ginkgo tree, one of the female impersonators on a black ox.
Kabuki. Oban triptych. Nishiki-e on paper. Edo.
More info and larger picture: British Museum


Edo-Tokyo Museum - replica of the Nakamura-za Kabuki Theater in Sakai-cho, Edo (now Nihonbashi-Ningyo-cho, Tokyo).
The Nakamura-za (founded 1624) was one of the three main kabuki theatres of Edo.
It was founded by Kanzaburō Nakamura.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
 
The Nakamura family of the Kabuki theater had a "mon" representing a Ginkgo leaf shaped into a crane and put it on a flag.
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August 07, 2016

Millenium Ginkgo in Hunan, China


This female Ginkgo tree is over 1000 years old, six people are needed to surround it.
It is 30 meters high and  located in Liuyang, Changsha county, Hunan, China.

Photo and more info: Hunan online.

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July 21, 2016

Giant Ginkgo, Iwadono-kannon



Another video (and panorama) of the giant Ginkgo tree, Iwadono-kannon, Shohoji Temple at Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Said to be 700 years old.


Big Ginkgo at Iwadono-kannon

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July 14, 2016

Ginkgo trees, Kranenburg - Parnassusberg, Zwolle

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These Ginkgo trees grow at Cemetery Kranenburg (Hagenpark area) in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
I took this photo last week when the sun was shining for a while on a rainy day.
They are situated on the so-called Parnassusberg, an elevated vantage point named after the Greek mountain Parnassus, symbol for the habitation of the Muses.
It is composed of two terraces surrounded by hedges. The circular shape of the mountain symbolizes the all-encompassing.


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July 09, 2016

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo on Photospecial page: Ginkgo  leaf.
 
* New topic: 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo tree to be planted by UNITAR.

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June 30, 2016

300 Ginkgo trees Sewol Memorial Forest, Korea

In 2014 the Sewol ferry was carrying 476 people when it sank, and of the 304 who died, 250 were pupils from the same high school on an organised trip.
Sewol Memorial Forest was first proposed at last year’s first anniversary of the sinking to the social enterprise Tree Planet and the group 4/16 Sewol Families for Truth and a Safer Society by Sean Hepburn Ferrer, a human rights activist and son of famous film actor Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn served as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund from 1989 until her death in 1993.
On April 10, 2015, the bereaved families and Audrey Hepburn’s family planted the first 30 trees at the ‘Sewol Memorial Forest’.

Video:



Now over 300 Ginkgo trees have been planted in this forest.
“Instead of flowers, we are dedicating a forest. Just as trees grow stronger with time, so we hope the Sewol is never forgotten.”
This message was delivered at a ceremony in Jindo, South Jeolla Province,  to mark the completion of the memorial forest commemorating the victims.



Location: Baedong Mugunghwa Island Park, 4.16 kilometers away from Paengmok Port, the nearest land site from where the MV Sewol sank.

Read more: Tree Planet

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