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A fir tree more resistant to climate change developed in Atlantic

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James DeLong is a Christmas tree grower and president of the research cooperative that is origin of SMART trees.


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The perfect Christmas tree exists does he? Researchers in the Atlantic provinces are trying to develop a tree that will meet market needs, with thorns that stay attached longer, which is more resistant to insects than others, which has a blue-green color as well as #x27;a conical shape which gives off a pleasant pine scent.

A research partnership, led by the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, has developed a tree called SMART.

SMART is the acronym used to describe the technology used in the development of this balsam fir, namely abscission and modulated senescence regulation technology.

The technology was developed to improve the qualities of the Christmas tree and its profitability, to make it more resilient to climate change and to improve the overall quality of the trees we produce, explains James DeLong, president of the SMART tree research cooperative and fir grower in New Germany, Nova Scotia.

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We observe them, we test them and try to choose those who are the more efficient, he explains.

The research, funded in part by the provincial and federal governments, cost $8 million up to present.

The research project began a decade ago, and it will likely take another decade before the tree finds its way into homes at Christmas.

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The Phytoculture company will produce 300,000 seedlings this year.

Biotechnology company Phytocultures, located in Clyde River, Prince Edward Island, is expected to produce 300,000 seedlings this year.

The trees will spend two years in the greenhouse and will not be available to producers until 2026. They will take between 6 and 12 years before being sold to consumers.

Shareholders of the project will be able to purchase them on a priority basis and surpluses will be offered to other producers.

Fir trees that are produced in Nova Scotia are exported around the world, including the United States and the Caribbean.

With information from CBC's Nancy Russell

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