Trees have extreme longevity: bristlecone pine
Bristlecone pines can survive for thousands of years in harsh environments by shutting down non-essential processes.
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"Bristlecone pines receive very little water and food throughout the year…and the trees stand on dolomite, a form of limestone that contains few nutrients.
"To survive on this ascetic diet, Pinus longaeva invests very little energy in growth…
"'It shuts down all its non-essential processes,' says Sussman. 'This looks half dead most of the time, perhaps with just one branch that appears to be alive.'" (NewScientist 2010)
Pinus longaeva D. K. Bailey
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable
Some organism data provided by: Conifer Database
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Energy saving method for industries, homes. Business metaphor for long-term survival.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Business
Adelia L. Barber
The University of Wyoming