Environmentalists are trying to find out the causes of mass death boxwood forests in Sochi

© Photo: Sten PorseEnvironmentalists are trying to determine disease endangered Red Data boxwood in the forests of Sochi, said the Caucasus State Biosphere Reserve.

During the year, the staff of the scientific department of the reserve are at critical condition in tisosamshitovoy boxwood trees and in the North Division of the reserve. Observed shrinkage of boxwood in the river valleys of Sochi and Shah and tourists.

"The observed disease boxwood in the reserve, which is expressed primarily in the mass falling of leaves from plants affected large number of saplings, especially young seedlings, as well as a considerable number of mature trees. Relatively soon it spread across almost all Buxus colchica. There was a threat permanently lose valuable Red Book species "- quoted in the message words junior researcher Olga Rezchikova dealing with the study of rare woody plants, including boxwood.

Tisosamshitovaya Grove is located in Sochi Khosta district, three kilometers from the sea. Here are preserved preglacial forests yew and boxwood Colchis, which is listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, which covered the whole of Europe 18-25 million years ago. In the grove there are about 70 species of trees and shrubs, with an average age of 400 years, the most ancient — more than two thousand years.

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