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blatka

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13. Scientists didn't think it couldn't be done, however...
Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:59 PM
Dec 2012

...they didn't really try. It's difficult to clone a tree older than about 80 years old. Most commercial nurseries are about making a profit, so they go for the trees that are easy to clone. This is why you see so many sub-standard trees available in traditional nurseries. They want a high success rate in order to make money.

The people at Archangel had a hunch that it could be done and they thought it would be worthwhile for many reasons besides making money. They spent the time and effort it took it figure it out. One of Archangel's science advisors, the esteemed William Libby, forest genetics professor emeritus with UC Berkeley is the scientist that made the statement you're questioning above. He was brought on to advise Archangel about what steps to take to make this cloning of ancient trees happen.

There is a video here called "Propagation" which features Dr. Libby where he addresses this issue:
http://www.ancienttreearchive.org/about-us/our-videos/

Enjoy,
Bill

Heard this story on NPR last weekend. Really cool. n/t FSogol Dec 2012 #1
I, for one, welcome our new giant tree overlords... n/t PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #2
Hats off to Dr. Rama Nemani. If in his place were a teabagger or Repug, they would have sworn that. BlueJazz Dec 2012 #3
I own a redwood timber ranch. They are far more like a weed than any tree I've seen. Gregorian Dec 2012 #4
I live right next to a redwood forest; they grow in my yard REP Dec 2012 #10
I really hate when I hear so called scientists say that something can not be done Drale Dec 2012 #5
Agreed, but it DOES supply motivation Celebration Dec 2012 #8
Scientists didn't think it couldn't be done, however... blatka Dec 2012 #13
Note that Dr. William Libby is one of the authors in the research quoted elsewhere in this thread. PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #18
Coast Redwoods have been cloned for over 25 years and are used operationally. commercial planting PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #6
Milarch cloned dead trees. The one mentioned in the OP was felled 130 years ago. snagglepuss Dec 2012 #7
From the website you posted. PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #9
this species is not extinct, is my understanding. so why the need for the cloning? HiPointDem Dec 2012 #11
Why the need for cloning answer... blatka Dec 2012 #12
Thanks! NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #14
what i'm asking is -- the remaining trees are still producing seeds (or whatever you call them) -- HiPointDem Dec 2012 #17
Excellent. (nt) DirkGently Dec 2012 #15
Its so hard to read about some of those things - "cut down to win a bet"... bhikkhu Dec 2012 #16
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