How To Save The World’s Largest Organism From Dying

Posted: Oct 19 2018, 2:36pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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How to Save the World’s Largest Organism from Dying
Pando Grove in fall foliage at Dr. Creek Campground, Utah. Photo Credit: Paul C. Rogers

The World’s Largest Organism happens to be a Species of Tree that is in Danger of Extinction

A gigantic species of tree known as the Pando aspen clone is currently the world’s largest organism. Several hundreds of these trees lie in a park in Utah. The root setup of these trees is one and the same.

Being many eons old, this sprawling system is supposedly the largest organism on earth. However, there is some sad news for conservationists. It is becoming extinct with the passage of time, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One. Human intervention is the sole primary cause of this organism being wiped off the face of the planet.

The cause of the extinction of this largest organism is indirect. Human beings allow various herbivore animals to inhabit the region and they graze away in the area leading to the trees losing out in this game of life.

While several other reasons may be listed, the herbivorous pests form the major obstacle to the flourishing of the trees. It all though boils down to human mismanagement of Nature and her resources. While wilderness when left alone thrives, when you alter the basic nature of it by spreading animals among it, there is havoc among the balance of organisms in it.

The number of animals and the paths they take through these largest of organisms governs the future. The way to solve this riddle is to concentrate on both fauna and flora at one and the same time.

By only bringing one of the two into focus, the balance of Nature will be lost. Therefore care is better than cure. It is a matter of systems and their preservation instead of just animal and plant species.

The forest region in Utah started dwindling out a couple of decades ago, according to sources. Also, the number of herbivores such as elk literally exploded ultimately reducing the number of the largest organism.

At present, however, though mule deer have also started multiplying in the region and the result is chaos for the world’s largest organism. Also, cattle that are allowed to graze in the area causes much degradation of the native flora.

This is a whole ecosystem we are concerned for and its safety is of paramount importance. A great deal of diversity of animals and plants exist in the region thanks to the Pando aspen clone.

If you subtract even a single species from among this system, you risk its complete collapse. However, all is not lost. There is a silver lining to all this. The aspens are not easily vanquished. Provided the necessary steps are taken, they will burgeon and growth will take place of this organism.

While for many thousands of years, these trees as the world’s largest organism pretty much grew at a normal pace, now they are facing this crisis. It has only been a century or so since the problems began in earnest.

They are a hardy species and will survive provided they are given the proper boost in terms of human help. The degradation of the forest will have to be stopped in the nick of time. The gravity of the situation calls for desperate steps which will have to be taken now or never to protect this organism.

The fact that any and all fencing off of the organism is not being catered to leads to herbivores devastating the flora species that exist in it. This must be stopped no matter what.

The deforestation is something which is a crying shame. What lasted for millennia is being wiped out in a hundred year’s gap which is kind of sad. Nature never arranges for something in a vain or haphazard manner. It is all for the greater good.

If mankind does not recognize this, it is to his own detriment and demise as a species among so many others that survive on this planet with life on it. The largest organism must survive whatever the cost and that is an imperative fact.

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