As the holidays approach, do you find yourself hunting for the perfect Christmas tree? While some may find joy in the process, a group of German scientists want to make things a little easier by cloning what they believe is the perfect Christmas tree.
The Nordmann fir is one of the most popular trees used for Christmas, but the process of growing them isn’t always that easy. After 10-14 years, when it would be the perfect size to use as a Christmas tree, 40 percent of the trees are unsuitable for this purpose. The most common problem is that the color ends up not being the right shade of green thought to be ideal for Christmas trees.
So to prevent this 40 percent waste, these German scientists have refined a cloning method that can be used to create the perfect tree every time, and they expect to have the process ready to go by 2016. I myself prefer a tree with unique character, but for some this may help reduce the stress of finding the right tree for the holidays.
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