Michael Sullings's scientific contributions

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Large urban trees have many benefits. However, falling branches pose a serious hazard to both people and infrastructure. In several tree species, aerial roots grow down from branches to the ground. These roots are capable of thickening to support the branches, lessening the risk of tree failure. Unfortunately, in urban environments most aerial root...


... ARs that grow on the stems can be buried or wrapped with a medium, which channels them down to the ground to become supporting roots. They can be removed once the ground roots have grown out after transplantation and vigor have been established [25]. With the additional roots on the stem, the root ball size may be reduced, making the transplantation of mature Ficus trees easier and helping to conserve more mature trees by transplanting instead of removal. ...