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Breeding Trees That Hold Needles Longer

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Gary Chastagner, a researcher at Washington State University, is using selective breeding techniques to develop Christmas trees that will hold their needles longer. Kirsten Peters, writing in the San Angelo Standard-Times of Texas, notes that many homes keep their trees up for 4 to 5 weeks. Chastagner is a plant pathologist and extension specialist at the WSU Research and Extension Center in Puyallup, Washington.

Other web sources about Chastagner and his Christmas tree research:

WSU Department of Plant Pathology

Seattle Fox station Q13′s website (includes video)

Colorado Springs Gazette article

National Christmas Tree Association Research Report Summary

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