A Connecticut scientist has helped discover a new organism that could help some of the region's Christmas trees. The scientist, Richard Cowles, also owns a Christmas tree farm.
Recently, Cowles was experimenting with ways to grow healthier fir trees. To do that, he studied unhealthy ones. When his team put diseased tissue from a nearby tree farm under a microscope, they noticed the cells looked different.
After running some tests, they concluded it was a new species of Phytophthora, a water mold which rots tree roots. Cowles got to name it.