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