Madrid rushes to clone trees downed by snowstorm

These were cloned in a lab

Location: Madrid, Spain

Agroforestry specialists are genetically copying valuable specimens

after Storm Filomena damaged half a million of Madrid's trees

Date: January 9, 2021

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FRANCISCO MOLINA, HEAD OF AGROFORESTRY AT MADRID'S IMIDRA RURAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, SAYING:

"We are collecting stakes from this century old oak that fell during Storm Filomena. We are collecting stakes to take them through a cloning process to get genetically identical offspring from the fallen tree."

Researchers expect it to take decades to replace the lost trees

Video Transcript

FRANCISCO MOLINA: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

INTERPRETER: We are collecting stakes from this century-old oak that fell during Storm Filomena. We are collecting stakes to take them through a cloning process to get genetically identical offspring from the fallen tree.