Chinese elm trees can pick up water, making them ideal for the coastal redwood, the world’s most important tree species.
The new research published in the journal Nature Plants shows that when the trees are planted in the shallow coastal marshes, they can absorb more than half the water that a typical redwood tree would need.
It’s a remarkable finding for coastal redwoods that are already among the most productive and best-studied trees in the world.
The study shows that the Chinese elms are able to harvest water, with a rate of 3.5 per cent per year.
The results are a huge step towards improving coastal red wood’s water management and conservation.
The trees were planted in shallow coastal areas and were monitored for six months.
They were then planted on a flat surface and planted back up in shallow areas where they could absorb more water.
The team found that the trees were able to absorb up to 50 per cent of their water needs in shallow-coasted areas.
The researchers were able find out that the new method is possible because the trees can use anaerobic bacteria in the soil to release oxygen into the water.
This is very important for coastal plants because it allows the plants to survive in water that is too shallow to take up any water.
It also allows the trees to grow in conditions where water is limited and can flourish.
The result is that the redwood trees are able the water they need.
They’re also able to make use of the extra oxygen.
“The redwoods are doing all of this in their habitat and can make use out of that water in very sustainable ways,” said lead author Dr David Aiken, from the University of Otago in New Zealand.
The scientists wanted to know how much water is being lost by the trees and how much is being returned.
This could be important for future generations because it could help improve water quality.
The findings are a major breakthrough because they help to explain how the trees in fact benefit from the water being lost.
“We know the water from rivers, lakes and streams is good for plants, but we know it is not good for humans,” said Aiken.
“This study is a big step towards understanding how the plants benefit from these water reserves.”
The research team studied the water quality of the coastal marsheds in southern China, including the coastal towns of Xi’an, Chongqing, Chengdu and Ningbo.
They looked at the water entering the trees via the soil and found that there was plenty of oxygen in the water, which can help to grow plants and the trees.
The authors believe the trees’ ability to take in more oxygen than the surrounding vegetation and the ability to release water to the surrounding land, could make them good water-collectors.
They also found that when they were planted on flat surfaces, the trees could absorb up a significant amount of water.
“When you plant a tree in the ocean, it takes up a lot of water because the surface water in the open ocean is a lot richer than it is in the marshy marshy habitat of inland China,” Aiken said.
The research has been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the National Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology (NIWR), the Australian Research Council and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
This article first appeared on New Scientist.