Apple trees will bloom on Mars, and apricots on the Urals

In May this year, Ural State University announced a new event in the world of domestic breeding – perhaps, very soon the first apricots grown in the harsh climate of the Middle Urals will be on the shelves. Five seedlings were planted in the experimental garden, and by September 2014 their number will increase to 50 – five representatives of ten varieties each.

According to the results of the experiment, scientists will select the most resistant trees, from which they will start working on a new variety of apricots – the most cold-resistant of the currently existing ones. According to Mikhail Karpukhin, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Technologies and Land Management, in Scandinavia and Canada, also located on the 60th parallel, apricots can grow, but their survival rate and ability to bear fruit is low.

Scientists and students hope to harvest the first crop in 2016. In addition to apricots, more than 600 seedlings of currants, raspberries and cherries were planted on the territory of the university in May of this year.