GMOs: a tool against pollution and the greenhouse effect?
More resistant and faster growing, 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 achieved, over the three years of testing in the wild, a height and vigor well above normal. This success has recently been published in the context of the international sequencing of the poplar genome.
Three years ago, the research group decided, after having obtained the authorization of the National Biosecurity Commission, to leave the laboratory of the small transgenic poplars and to let them grow in a natural environment. Researchers had cloned and introduced into an experimental poplar variety the discomfort of Scots pine glutamine synthetase, which facilitates the assimilation and recycling of nitrogen. When compared to control trees, these poplars are 41% higher, have increased resistance to leaf drop, and accumulate more protein. "