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Yew, at the boundaries of life (The)

Series : Plant secrets

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  00:52:00  2010  Color  Sound

The yew tree flirts with death. Everything in it is toxic. However, its strange way of growing, its capacity to replant and reinvent itself gives it a sense of immortality. The millenary yew trees fascinate us, but our relationship to this species has always been ambiguous, oscillating between veneration and destruction. It is true that, having found it to be the most precious companion, we have at the same time endangered the species, whereas it gives us the wood for our bows, or more recently biologists discover that it contains an extraordinarily efficient anti-cancer molecule, taxol. Then the yew tree becomes the « green gold », a « miracle » medicine, and suffers its worst deforestation ever! In forests, labs, bow shops…ecologists, doctors and historians tell us the saga of this mythical tree, caught in the whirlwinds of science and modern economy.

Associate producer : Le Miroir
Director : BOUVRET Jean-Luc
Scientific adviser : BARATON AlainCLEMENT GillesGOUYON Pierre-Henri (Origine, structure et évolution de la biodiversité, UMR MNHN et CNRS, Paris) HALLE Francis
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation de coupures de presse et d'animations 3D.
Commentaire voix off (Marie-Christine Barrault) et interventions en son direct (français et anglais doublé). Musique originale (Olivier Adelen).
PersonnalitiesBARATON Alain; HAGENEDER Fred; ABELLA Inacio; GASSMANN Patrick(Laténium, Suisse, Neuchâtel); MOIR Andy; PICCART Martine(Institut Jules Bordet, Belgique, Bruxelles); GUERITTE Françoise(ICSN, UPR CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette); NEYROUMANDE Emmanuelle(WWF, Paris); ANGERAND Sylvain(Amis de la Terre, Montreuil)
HALLE Francis; GUENARD Daniel(ICSN, UPR CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette); SMITH Ron(Univ. de Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada); CAMERON Stewart(Univ. de Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada)
Date of broadcasting28/05/2010 (Arte)
Rediffusions2010/05/29 (Arte)   2010/06/04 (Arte)   2012/02/11 (Radio Canada)   2012/02/12 (Radio Canada)  
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PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD Cam
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportDV Cam
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