GMOs: a tool against pollution and the greenhouse effect?
"More resistant and experiencing faster growth, these are the properties of the new variety of transgenic poplar developed in the laboratory of Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology of the University of Malaga. This genetically modified tree has reached a height and vigor well above normal during the three years of testing in the wild. This success has recently been published as part of the international sequencing of the poplar genome.
Three years ago, the research group decided, after obtaining the authorization of the National Commission of Biosecurity, to leave the laboratory of the small transgenic poplars and to allow them to grow in a natural environment. The researchers had cloned and introduced into an experimental variety of poplar the genetic glutamine synthase of Scots pine which facilitates the assimilation and recycling of nitrogen. When compared with the control trees, it is found that these poplars are 41% higher, have an increased resistance to leaf fall and accumulate a greater amount of protein. "