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>> Easter sees pilgrims relive the Biblical accounts of Jesus' crucifixion, retracing his steps through Jerusalem's old city wearing the crown of thorns. On nearby slopes, scientists are studying the kind of tree believed to have provided that crown. Believing it may contain the answer to a very modern problem.
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>> I'm Reuters' Rinat Harash near Jerusalem. This is the tree known in Latin as
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according to Christian tradition, this kind of tree is believe to have been used to make Jesus' crown of thorns ahead of his crucifixion two millennia ago. Now, Israeli scientists say that this is a pioneer species in the fight against one of the challenges facing humanity today, climate change.
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Because unlike other trees, this tree can thrive under extreme weather conditions and drought.>> Researchers say the tree can draw water from deep underground. And can photosynthesize efficiently even when exposed to high temperatures and radiation. Doctor Shepti Cohen says only a few other species have that ability, so studying the tree's traits is essential as global temperatures rise.
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>> This give us, let's say, hope that we'll have trees that we can plant in future climate in the case, in the event that we go further towards the desert. And also not that this is occurring in many places around the world and we are seeing forests dry backs, and there is a lot of concern because we need these forests for many reasons.
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>> In the Bible, the thorny crown is a symbol of suffering and death to be followed by resurrection. Now, researchers hope this tree will resurrect areas threatened by deadly heat.