Thanks to global warming, mistletoe conquers altitude

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It has long been convinced that mistletoe grew in Switzerland than in the regions with lower altitude 1000 meters above the level of the sea.

A scientist from the Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) has yet found copies of mistletoe pine at altitudes of up to 1500 meters. This is a direct consequence of global warming. The climate has warmed considerably during the previous century. In Switzerland, the increase in temperature then was much more marked than the world average: only in the last year 30, the temperatures have increased by 1,5 degrees in the country. In recent years 100, altitude limit of the distribution area of ​​pine mistletoe has increased at least 250 meters on average. This is apparent from a comparison with a study effected in 1910.

- Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)
- Andreas Rigling - WSL - tel: + 41 1 739 25 93
Sources: "Global Warming: Mistletoe has conquered areas
Altitude always higher "- Press release of the Institute
Federal research on the forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), 09 / 02 / 2005
; "Mistletoe conquers higher elevations" - ATS - The Time,
10 / 02 / 2005


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