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May. 28, 2024

L’Olivo di Sant'Emiliano: A 1,800-Year-Old Symbol of Umbria's Olive Tradition

The millenary tree symbolizes the resilience of the central Italian region, with many of its cohorts damaged by repeated frost over the years.

Mar. 21, 2024

Study Questions the Accuracy of Olive Tree Dating Methods

Using radiocarbon dating, researchers concluded a 1,100-year-old tree in Lebanon is the world’s oldest olive tree. Other experts believe the method may have been flawed.

Jan. 31, 2024

Farmers on Small Italian Islands Restore Ancient Groves and Local Production

Growers on Giglio Island and Capri are restoring centuries-old olive trees to revive a fading culture and protect unique island landscapes.

Jan. 2, 2024

Officials in Jordan Work to Protect Millennial Olive Trees

Although they have lived through war, famine and plagues, Jordan's ancient olive trees are now threatened by luxury hotels and affluent collectors.

Dec. 7, 2023

Celebrating South America's Historic Olive Trees

The organization Sudoliva documents and preserves historic olive trees which tell the story of the European colonization of Latin America.

Aug. 29, 2023

No Respite in Greece as Wildfires Incinerate Ancient Olive Groves in Makri

Wildfires continue to wreak havoc in rural Greece, partially destroying the traditional Makri olive grove and leaving local producers in despair.

Aug. 26, 2022

Safeguarding Italy's Millenary Trees

Silent witnesses of history, Italy’s millenary olive trees have proven their resilience over time. Local organizations are working to protect them from climate change.

Jul. 13, 2022

Signs of Life from Millenary Olive Tree Burned in Sardinian Wildfires

Volunteers and researchers responsible for restoring the tree warn that more needs to be done to prevent future wildfires.

May. 12, 2022

Court Halts Removal of Xylella-Infected Millenary Trees in Puglia

Local agricultural associations protested a local court's decision and said it would result in further damage to the region’s olive trees.

Apr. 26, 2022

Ancient Trees Are Key to Healthy Forests, Scientists Say

Ancient trees help keep forests alive by passing on their experience and hardiness to other trees and plants in the forest. They also better sequester carbon dioxide than trees of average age and provide shelter for endangered species.

Nov. 9, 2021

Celebrating the Fruit of An Ancient Tree in Montenegro

The Old Olive Tree in southern Montenegro is thought to be the oldest in Europe and the third-oldest in the world.

Sep. 17, 2021

Rehabilitating Olive Trees in Aragón to Stem Spain’s Rural Exodus

Apadrina un Oliva has put the area’s abandoned olive trees up for adoption. The result has handed a lifeline to the town and its residents.

Jul. 29, 2021

Millenary Olive Tree Destroyed in Sardinian Wildfires

A massive wildfire on the island destroyed 20,000 hectares of land, including many olive groves and one of Italy's most ancient olive trees.

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Nov. 29, 2016

Immortalizing Ancient Olive Trees Through Images

Adoni Dimakos follows the Laconian paths the Medieval geographer Pausanias walked in the 2nd century to capture endangered olive oil trees in images and 'sensitize' local farming populations about their eradication.

Aug. 1, 2016

Greek Olive Branch Sent to Rio to Symbolize Peace in Olympics Opening Ceremony

Branches from the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves have been used in ceremonies at each summer Olympics since the Athens Games in 2004. The wreath cutting ceremony was accompanied by an ancient dance ritual.

Mar. 23, 2016

'El Olivo' Depicts the Bond Between a Spanish Family and Their Olive Tree

When a 2,000-year old tree is uprooted and taken to Germany, a young woman fights to get it back to help save her grandfather.

Mar. 22, 2016

On the Preservation and Maintenance of Monumental Olive Trees

Tips on the preservation and maintenance of monumental olive trees by the leading expert Giorgio Pannelli.

May. 5, 2015

Confirmed: Tree is as Old as it Looks

Edin Buzuku knew his olive tree was old. Now, with the help of scientists from Istanbul Forestry University, he knows how old.

Nov. 24, 2014

'L'Ulivone,' Sabina's Tree of the Ages

In a small town near Rome lives an awe-inspiring two-thousand-year-old olive tree.

Jan. 17, 2013

Plato’s Sacred Olive Tree Vanished

Another seeming victim of the great financial crisis in Greece: an olive tree that once shaded Plato and his students.

Oct. 30, 2012

Gethsemane Olive Trees Among World's Oldest

A three-year study on the trees in Jerusalem's famous garden, has shown that their trunks and branches are around 900 years old.

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