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N.C. State Researchers Trying To Create Perfect Christmas Trees

Posted November 27, 2001 5:30 a.m. EST

— Researchers at North Carolina State University aren't content to let nature make perfect Christmas trees, not with millions of dollars at stake for the state.

They are relying on genetics and cloning as they work to create forests of flawless evergreens that are more resistant to disease and less likely to lose needles.

North Carolina is the nation's Number two Christmas tree state behind Oregon and will sell more than $100 million of trees this year.

J.B. Jett, associate dean for research and extension, says the university's genetics program eventually could raise each tree's value by $1 to $2.