Researchers at the Oregon State University (OSU) have used genetic manipulations to create midget trees. In fact, they can control tree height. For example, ‘natural’ poplars can reach 150 feet or more. These forest scientists have created poplars growing only to a height of 6 inches after two years. They say that ‘it opens the door to a wide variety of new products for the ornamental and nursery industries.’ Of course, there are environmental concerns, but the researchers said that their dwarfed trees ‘are unlikely to be any kind of threat to spread, because they would compete very poorly with normal or wild trees.’ And they’re already busy creating mini-versions of other trees. Are you ready to put a one-foot pine on your balcony?
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