On the island of Khatyn-Aryy, which is located near the village of Sinsk, Khangalassky district in Yakutia, an unusual birch grows: there are so many branches on it that you can’t get close to the trunk. Scientists from the Institute of Biological Problems of the Permafrost of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have already studied the tree and suggested that it is a mutant birch.
“In 2021 and 2022, we went to study this unusual birch. They took samples of branches and soil, and in the summer – seeds. There is an assumption that this is a mutant birch. Such a dense crown is due to a multiple increase in shoot branching due to a mutation that is not transmitted through DNA or seeds,” Aitalina Yefimova, senior researcher at the Institute’s Botanical Research Department, explained to YSIA.
The expert added that the Institute of Biology of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences is currently conducting experiments on cloning this birch, but so far there are no reliable results.
“It is necessary to protect an unusual tree from excessive visits by tourists, trampling the soil, breaking out branches, taking away for souvenirs,” Aitalina Yefimova emphasized in an interview. Yasia.
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