Genetically Engineered Trees
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Gene-altered apple tested in Washington state

Genetically Engineered Trees

WASHINGTON -- An inspection of an orchard of experimental, genetically modified apples in central Washington last year turned up a troubling finding – gene-altered trees flowering less than 100 feet from conventional apple trees.

The grower, Gebbers Farms of Brewster, Wash., previously had been cited for conducting a field trial too near conventional apples, failing to keep good records and making no effort to keep animals away from the plot.

BRAZIL CONSIDERS TRANSGENIC TREES

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Viewed from above, Brazil’s orderly eucalyptus plantations offer a stark contrast to the hurly-burly of surrounding native forests. The trees, lined up like regiments of soldiers on 3.5 million hectares around the country, have been bred over decades to grow quickly."

Viewed from above, Brazil’s orderly eucalyptus plantations offer a stark contrast to the hurly-burly of surrounding native forests. The trees, lined up like regiments of soldiers on 3.5 million hectares around the country, have been bred over decades to grow quickly.

Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?

Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically modified oranges might save Florida's blighted groves—if Americans will drink the juice.

Plant pathologist Yong Ping Duan at the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Research Service lab in Fort Pierce, Fla. is experimenting with thermotherapy to treat infected citrus trees. He’s found that baking the tree with solar radiation to over 100°F for a few days kills some of the bacteria allowing the tree to survive for at least two more years. There is no cure.

Open Letter to CTNBio to reject Genetically Engineered Trees in Brazil

Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically engineered eucalyptus plantations threaten the entire ecosystem.

The International Campaign to STOP GE Trees urges the Brazilian government and CTNBio to refuse Futuragene’s plot to plant genetically engineered trees in Brazil.

Brazil considers transgenic trees

Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically modified eucalyptus could be a global test case.

On 4 September, a public hearing will consider bringing an even more vigorous recruit into the ranks: genetically engineered eucalyptus that produces around 20% more wood than conventional trees and is ready for harvest in five and a half years instead of seven. Brazilian regulators are evaluating the trees for commercial release; a decision could come as early as the end of this year.

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