Germans Hope to Clone Perfect Christmas Tree
They want to improve the Nordmann fir by 2016
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 22, 2012 9:29 AM CST
File photo of a tree farm.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree may soon become a lot easier—and a lot less fun, at least in Germany: Just pick a nice clone. That's what German scientists are now working on, searching for a way to ensure that the sensitive saplings of the popular Nordmann fir species grow into impressive specimens. The fir is native to the Caucasus, but is often cultivated on massive plantations in Germany.

Biologist Kurt Zoglauer of Berlin's Humboldt University says 40% of trees don't make the cut when they mature after 10 to 14 years. Some are stunted by frost, while others turn out the wrong shade of green. Zoglauer's team, therefore, hopes to refine a method to clone particularly hardy and beautiful trees by 2016. The project is supported by a German government grant.

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HANKHILL
Dec 23, 2012 1:06 PM CST
christmas trees? scientists? joke?
jagerhans
Dec 23, 2012 9:18 AM CST
so we didn't buttrape nature long and hard enough huh. there's people thinking about phuckin' up even the damned firs , well this will lead to zombie trees eating children on christmas eve i guess.
LenettW3
Dec 22, 2012 3:19 PM CST
It was only a matter of time till this would become reality. As for me I plant trees & I do not look for perfection. I plant one every year or a flowering bush or roses. all around my home. It helps insulate & I save on heating bills, electric for Nov. 80.67, gas 54.90. The home is a 3 bdr. two bath with finished basement. One car garage & the Biggist Garage out buldg. in town out back. Concret floor electric. Fully fenced & paid for. Merry Christmas. P. S. I also use candles & old lamps of my Grandmother's.