Trees are among the largest living organisms and are the tallest self-supporting plants. Growth in height incurs high costs because of the investment in safe and stable support structures . For the engineer, the understanding of tree biome-chanics represents a challenge to current knowledge because trees can be very tall and very slender, and yet display a long life span. As we see later on, secondary growth, i.e., growth in thickness or radial growth, occurs in the cambial meristem located just underneath the bark  and is the main process contributing to the survival of such structures during their long life span.
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