MOUNT DURAND, N.L. — A giant fruit tree in New England grew to 12 feet tall Friday after a team of researchers used a machine to grow fruit in a lab.
The tree was planted on a forest preserve at the University of New England, near Cape Cod.
The researchers were harvesting fruit from trees growing in the preserve.
They had to harvest the fruit and use a tractor to move it.
The fruit was shipped from the preserve to a warehouse in New York City, where it was stored at temperatures of about minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The next day, researchers took the tree to the laboratory, where they cut the tree into two sections and put them side by side.
Each section had a fruit stand in front of it.
“We measured how tall each section of the tree was,” said Dr. Michael Sibbett, one of the researchers.
“Each section was about 2 feet (60 centimeters) tall.”
The researchers then placed a portion of the trees back into the preserve, and they put the remaining tree back into its original location.
The new trees grew up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) in height.
The new trees have been in the study since last year.