Genetic Engineering Helps American Chestnut Trees to Rise Again
After years of suffering from blight caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, American chestnut trees may rise again through genetic engineering. Dr. William Powell of the State University of New York and Scott Merkle of the University of …
This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture supervised the planting of three experimental patches, a project organized by the Forest Health Iniative (FHI). If the trial works, the FHI will request permission to plant transgenic chestnut trees in the wild to re-establish the species in Americas woodlands. The team hopes to use the model for future projects to re-establish threathened species such as the elm tree, ash tree, and a fir tree known as the eastern hemlock.
More information available at http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21577033-gm-species-may-soon-be-liberated-deliberately-wildwood?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/into_the_wildwood.
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