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January 20, 2020

Update of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Update Tree-page with article by Li Wang et al.:
 Culture - Ginkgo almost immortal + article added to Literature-page.
* New topic: 
Ginkgo tree almost immortal study reveals.
* New photo on Photospecial page:
 Ginkgo "Heksenbezem Leiden" in my garden.

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January 14, 2020

Ginkgo almost immortal study reveals

The Ginkgo tree can live more than 3000 years. Now researchers published an article (PNAS, Wang et al., 2020) that reveals the mechanisms that make Ginkgo survive so long by comparing very old and young Ginkgos in China.

Most plants eventually reach senescence (biological aging). Genes responsible for that life phase weren’t any more active in the oldest Ginkgo specimen. Antioxidants and antimicrobials to stay healthy appeared to be just as active in the old Ginkgo trees as they were in the young ones, as were genes related to the Ginkgo immune system.
"There’s no end point in their ability to keep growing," says Rick Dixon, a biochemist at the University of North Texas and co-author of the paper. "The immune system in these trees, even though they’re 1,000 years old, looks like that of a 20-year-old.

From the article:
"Our results reveal that long-lived trees have evolved compensatory mechanisms to maintain a balance between growth and aging processes. This involves continued cambial divisions, high expression of resistance-associated genes, and continued synthetic capacity of preformed protective secondary metabolites."


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The New York Times
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December 15, 2019

Merry Christmas - Happy 2020

Wishing all visitors of my forum-blog, website The Ginkgo Pages , YouTube channel and Twitter 

  Merry Christmas
  Happy 2020

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Cor Kwant

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December 07, 2019

Big Ginkgo Ikeda losing its leaves

Big Ginkgo losing its leaves. 

Location: Chofukuji Temple, Ikeda, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Video on YouTube by Haruyuki Onoue.

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November 18, 2019

Ginkgo work of art - A lovely gift from autumn

"A lovely gift from autumn", charming video by China Daily on Twitter:

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November 11, 2019

2019 Ginkgo trees in fall on my Twitter

Visit my Twitter account The Ginkgo Tweets to view many photos/videos/news about the Ginkgo in fall, for instance:

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October 25, 2019

Update of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Update of my Fossils-page , History-page , Tree-page and Literature-page  with  recent article:  
Resequencing 545 ginkgo genomes across the world reveals the evolutionary history of the living fossil by Zhao et al.
* Added special page with many Ginkgo stamps.

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October 17, 2019

Fukusada Great Ginkgo tree

Fukusada Great Ginkgo tree (Fukusada No Oicho), Hosen-ji temple,  Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan.
This tree is over 400 years old, height c. 22 m, girth 5.5 m, local and national treasure.
At a point of four meters height the large trunk splits into a large number of small branches. The tree is therefore called a "thousand branch" Ginkgo tree.

Video on YouTube by TokyoStreetView.
Picture: Kumano Kodo.

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September 22, 2019

Squirrel eating Ginkgo seed - video

On twitter Harris Youchien posted a short video of a squirrel in a Ginkgo tree eating a Ginkgo seed.

More info about the seeds and dispersers on my Propagation-page.

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September 08, 2019

Playing with Ginkgo leaves, Clairborn School, CA

A Clairborn  tradition for 20 years - Playing with Ginkgo leaves.


Clairborn School school has two groves of Ginkgo trees on its campus. It is located 8400 Huntington Drive, San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California 91775, US.

On its website the school writes:

"Junior Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Lee Rankin remembers that she started taking students out to play in the leaves somewhere around 1998. Since the city of San Gabriel doesn’t have snow in the wintertime, this is the next best option for students to have a special wintertime experience.  The Ginkgo leaves are a perfect play medium because they stay soft and flexible, and have great hang-time when thrown in the air, and their bright yellow color picks up the sunlight in jewel-like fashion. It creates the perfect childhood moments where they get to experience the joy of romping through piles of leaves, chasing their friends, and having a snow-ball-like leaf fight.  
This twenty-year tradition is now one of the most cherished memories for Clairbourn students."

More videos by ClairbornSchool on YouTube: here, here and here.

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August 15, 2019

Stamp page - Ginkgo leaf design, Jersey

Stamp with Ginkgo tree and leaves

Jersey, 75th anniversary of Jersey Trees for Life - Maidenhair  tree - Ginkgo biloba - stamp issued July 3, 2012.

This stamp is one of many stamps depicting Ginkgo that were sent to me by John Gray, thank you!

Many more stamps from different countries on my
new page: Ginkgo stamps.

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July 25, 2019

Ginkgo leaves dish Edo period

Dish with Ginkgo leaves

c. 1688 - 1704, Japan, Edo period, Genroka Era.

Porcelain with underglaze blue (Hizen ware, Nabeshima type).
Diameter: 20 cm.
Complex, abstracted design of Ginkgo leaves and “Chinese grasses” (karakusa) in underglaze blue.

Enlarged photo and more info: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

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July 15, 2019

Red ribbons and Millennium Ginkgo in Fulaishan

This Millennium Ginkgo tree is said to be the oldest Ginkgo tree in the world.
In this video a woman tells about how she got to sell red ribbons (red = good luck) to visiting tourists who write their wishes on them.  

The tree is located near a temple in Fulaishan, Juxian, Shandong, China and is probably older than 3,000 years, height c. 26 m, girth c.15,7 m. Covering an area of over 600 square meters, it is still flourishing and full of vitality.

More on my blogpost of September 28, 2012.

Video by Looking China Official Channel on YouTube
It has subtitles in English. 

Photo: Travel China 

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June 22, 2019

Craft a copper Ginkgo leaf

How to craft a copper Ginkgo leaf with as few tools as possible.

Video by George Goehl on YouTube.

George Goehl from Nashville, Indiana writes:
"Since 1973 I have made my living designing, crafting and selling metal sculpture. 
The idea is to take what I have to offer and then add your own creative style whether it is in design or technique. 
I particularly like working alone in my shop, using my hands to create something new. It's mentally refreshing and ending with a finished piece of sculpture, My hope is that these videos will act like planting a seed, a seed that will grow into a creative outlet for your own personal fulfillment."

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June 07, 2019

Ginkgo in Britain's forests, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

At RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 species that are better adapted to a future climate were shown in the Resilience Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle. 

Video by Forestry England on YouTube.

In future Britain will have species like Ginkgo and Monkey Puzzle trees in its forests. There is need to increase tree cover, diversify planting and follow strict biosecurity guidelines to help protect forest, gardens and landscapes from climate change, pests and diseases. 

 Resilience Garden starts at 1 minute and 46 seconds.
 Video by The Petalogist on YouTube.

The garden has been awarded the Gold Medal and Best Construction Award and is supported by Forestry Commission, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Scottish Forestry, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Gravetye Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Kingscote Estate.

Visit  Shoot's website about the plants, trees and see more photos.

More links: BBC and The Telegraph.

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