Irradiating cherry trees in order to save them

“Cherry trees require a minimum of 8,000 hours of low temperatures over the winter to produce the optimum blossoms, but as Japan gets warmer we are falling short of that figure,” said [Dr Abe].

“And that is a problem because we Japanese love cherry blossom season.”

Dr. Abe’s team has responded to this national crisis by creating a cherry tree that blooms in all four seasons, keeping its flowers for longer, producing more blossoms and under a wider range of temperatures than any existing breeds.

How? A combination of radiation and grafting. Which means that one will now be able to wear the Human Polllination Suit all year round.

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