The Mount Hua pine is native to China and can survive in harsh conditions. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Mount Hua pine is native to China and can survive in harsh conditions. Photo: Getty Images
The Mount Hua pine is native to China and can survive in harsh conditions. Photo: Getty Images

Botanists may have worked out why pine trees suddenly died across China in the 1970s

  • Reforestation campaign during the Cultural Revolution ended in disaster, and the cause has never been found
  • But a new study has discovered that the native species has three lineages, and they’re not suited to the same environments

Topic |   China science
The Mount Hua pine is native to China and can survive in harsh conditions. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Mount Hua pine is native to China and can survive in harsh conditions. Photo: Getty Images
The Mount Hua pine is native to China and can survive in harsh conditions. Photo: Getty Images
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