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As the current generation of trees are struggling to cope in current environmental conditions, researchers found that using genetic markers of climate resilient traits are more effective than traditional seed-selection methods. The scientists explained that long living trees with the rapid rate of climate change may be incompatible. The study wonders how we can manage tree populations so that they can better cope with increased temperatures. 

Due to climate changes, we are experiencing first hand what it can do to our ecosystems. If trees can longer grow or cope with increased global temperatures, there will be no future for the earth. One professor states that the reason trees are so vulnerable is because their lifespan exceeds the rate of climate change. The study found that heading to the lowest latitude of a tree species range are where the trees would most likely carry traits that would make them more resilient to future warming. 

So far, using genetics to save these trees has been a success. However, this is a very scary thing. Now, some trees cannot withstand the destruction of climate change. The fact that this genetic engineering method may work is inspiring, yet it may not work forever. Climate change is rapidly demolishing our ecosystems one by one.
I think this is a really good idea and initiative to save the trees. However won't planting only trees that have resistance to the disease also reduce diversity in the species?
I definitely understand. The destruction the human race brings to the earth can not be sustainable and will kill out animals and plants. I feel that this genetic engineering is a step in the right direction as we are getting closer to making better decisions. As we are not making changes regarding climate change itself, we are finding ways to make the destruction of climate change and global warming less destructive to the environment. As long as we are in the direction of slowly making better changes and choices, I believe one day the world may be a better place as we slowly try to save our environment regarding saving our trees with genetic engineering.
It is worrisome to hear that we need to genetically alter our ecosystem just because they cannot adapt fast enough for the global warming we are bestowing upon them. Although, it is neat that we have the technology that is able to accomplish this feat and it is exciting to think about the promising results from the field of genetics.