Super Christmas Trees are the future
Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark
are at work developing a cloning method for Christmas trees
which can mean that in a few years all the world's Christmas
trees will be identical and perfect. The researchers have
developed a special robot which can select the best Christmas
tree seeds, clone them and get them to sprout with the help
When the seeds have sprouted, they will be planted in earth
and the result will be Christmas trees which are completely
When the seeds have sprouted, they will
be planted in earth and the result will be Christmas trees
which are completely identical.
"Only wind and weather will effect the trees. But if
they have precisely the same growth conditions it will be
impossible to see the difference between the trees,"
said Engineer Palle Hermansen, a professor at the University
of Southern Denmark, to the Danish newspaper "Nyhedsavisen."
Identical christmas trees. The future?
emphasizes the point that the perfect Christmas
tree is not genetically modified.
"We are not going in and messing
with nature. We simply chose the elite of Christmas
trees and copy them," explains Palle Hermansen.
Despite this, many are not enthusiastic.
"Many traditions and feelings are
attached to the Christmas tree. The charm is in the
search for the perfect Christmas tree. You take a
saw and go out into the forest to find the best tree.
That search can become meaningless if all trees are
perfect and the same" says Dr. Phil Johan de
Mylius who is also employed by the University of Southern