A bald Cypress tree in California.
(AP) The world’s only bald Cypress tree is on the brink of survival.
The species was created by an anonymous geneticist, and now scientists are hoping to breed it to produce a more powerful seed that can withstand the extreme temperatures, pests and disease that often hit trees like Cypress.
The Cypress is the most endangered of the bicolored cypress trees, which grow in the tropics and subtropics of the U.S., Mexico and Central America.
The tree has a tough, rugged, long-stemmed trunk and a unique root system.
The cypress tree is known for its incredible beauty and is considered to be the world-renowned “species of beauty.”
“The Cypresses are the only cypress species that can reproduce itself,” said Eric Gershwin, a geneticist at Oregon State University who is the senior author of a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE.
“That means it is extremely important to preserve them and to do it properly.”
Gershwine’s team developed a new method of breeding the tree that produces a more potent seed that’s better suited for survival in the harshest environments.
The seed was bred with the tree’s original parent, the Bald Cypress, which can withstand temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
The scientists then genetically modified the new Cypress seed to make it easier to grow and resistant to pests and diseases.
The tree was grown in California and the United States.
Gerswinn said the bald tree is the only species of cypress that produces its own seeds, unlike other cypresses that rely on a parent tree.
“There are a lot of other cyress species that have been genetically modified and bred to produce cypress seeds,” Gershwyn said.
“But these cypresss are genetically modified to not produce their own seeds.”
Geshwin and his team believe that this will eventually help the tree become more resilient to the extreme conditions that have plagued it over the past few years.
“The only way to survive is to make sure you don’t lose the genetics,” he said.
“We are really excited to see this bicolor cypress seed grow,” Geeshwin added.
The scientists also hope to use the seed to develop other crops for farmers.
“This is a very important step forward,” Gelshwin said.
Gerswyn said the new tree can grow anywhere in the world, and will likely be the most successful cypress in the future.
“Our goal is to see the cypress grow as a whole, and we can have cypress farmers on the same island,” Gertner said.
The team is working with the state of California and other agencies to make the seed production a reality.
The next step is to test the seeds in the wild to determine if they are resistant to drought and disease.