Saturday, 23 May 2009

Central Asia's fruit and nut forests dying

Several of the world's fruit and nut trees - wild ancestors of the fruits we eat today - are seriously threatened with extinction, according to a new "red list" released by tree experts from Fauna & Flora International. Many of these species occur in the unique fruit and nut forests of central Asia - an estimated 90% of which have been destroyed in the past 50 years


The "red list" of trees of central Asia identifies 44 tree species in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan as globally threatened with extinction

According to tree experts from Fauna & Flora International, around 90% of the fruit and nut forests of central Asia have been destroyed over the past 50 years alone

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