Scientists say sustainable forestry organizations should lift ban on biotech trees

Productivity of eucalyptus plantations could be increased with trees genetically modified for faster growth. Casadaphoto/Shutterstock.com

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Look at anything made from trees—a ream of paper, a cardboard box, lumber—and it's probably stamped with the logo of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or an equivalent organization.

These nonprofits certify that forests are managed sustainably, and one common requirement is no genetically modified (GM) trees. But that ban hinders research and should change, researchers say in today's issue of Science. The technology, they argue, has important potential to remedy many pressing problems facing forests.

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Source: Science Mag

 

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