Jump to content



Photo

German scientists seek to clone perfect Xmas trees

nordmann fir humboldt university 2016 goal

  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 63,506 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 22 December 2012 - 16:31

The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree may soon become a lot easier: just pick a nice clone.

That's what German scientists are now working on: They are searching 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 said Friday 40 percent 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.

source

Attached Images

  • nordman.jpg



#2 Growled

Growled

    Neowinian Senior

  • 41,508 posts
  • Joined: 17-December 08
  • Location: USA

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:36

And everyone will have the same tree whether they like it or not. Wonderful.

#3 Glassed Silver

Glassed Silver

    ☆♡Neowin's portion of Crazy♡☆

  • 10,729 posts
  • Joined: 10-June 04
  • Location: MY CATFORT in Kassel, Germany
  • OS: OS X ML; W7; Elementary; Android 4
  • Phone: iPhone 5 64GB Black (6.0.2)

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:44

And everyone will have the same tree whether they like it or not. Wonderful.

Nothing stops you from buying competitor trees or growing your own or going to the woods. (just make sure you get a permission and/or find a place where nobody sees you :p)

Glassed Silver:mac

#4 Growled

Growled

    Neowinian Senior

  • 41,508 posts
  • Joined: 17-December 08
  • Location: USA

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:49

It's more fun when you don't ask permission. :D

#5 Snake89

Snake89

    Neowinian

  • 767 posts
  • Joined: 16-July 04

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:54

I work on a christmas tree farm an trust me the trees in those pictures would get rejected or left alone for another year. It's not easy to make a nice looking christmas tree.

With alot of many different factors a nice tree could get messed up. Things like weather, some types of bugs can eat away at the tree, etc.

#6 KingCracker

KingCracker

    I am your huckleberry.

  • 4,307 posts
  • Joined: 23-February 12
  • Location: Knoxville,TN

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:55

Meh. Fake tree for me, don't have to buy a new one every year.

#7 Growled

Growled

    Neowinian Senior

  • 41,508 posts
  • Joined: 17-December 08
  • Location: USA

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:56

^ I believe a lot of Christmas tree farms in my area even paint their trees. They stay green for months after Christmas. Plus, I know they have to do a lot of shaping to get a decent tree.

#8 OP Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 63,506 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 23 December 2012 - 13:50

And everyone will have the same tree whether they like it or not. Wonderful.


They will clone a variety of trees, not just One.

I work on a christmas tree farm an trust me the trees in those pictures would get rejected or left alone for another year.


The picture posted is only an illustration of what the Nordmann fir looks like.

It isn't really connected to the story, and is not a 'perfect' tree.

#9 Growled

Growled

    Neowinian Senior

  • 41,508 posts
  • Joined: 17-December 08
  • Location: USA

Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:09

It isn't really connected to the story, and is not a 'perfect' tree.


How do you know that? Looks perfect to me. :p

#10 OP Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 63,506 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:13

^ Oh, I'd be happy with it -- once you throw on lights, tinsel, bulbs -- it would be nice.

I added an internet pic, cuz I had no idea what that variety of evergreen looked like.

#11 Growled

Growled

    Neowinian Senior

  • 41,508 posts
  • Joined: 17-December 08
  • Location: USA

Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:15

^ Oh, I'd be happy with it -- once you throw on lights, tinsel, bulbs -- it would be nice.


Remember Charlie Brown's tree?