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Jun 2, 2010

Cuba Plants GM Trees & Experiments With GM Bamboo Plantations

On 2 June 2010 Agro-Bio in Colombia reported that the Cuban Biotechnology Institute of Plants (IBP) is planning to plant 40,000 eucalyptus trees in a reforestation project aimed at creating stronger varieties that grow faster. 

According to Dr. Michel Leiva Mora, a microbiologist laboratory specialist at the University of Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas, the gene modified (GM) eucalyptus trees will reduce the growth cycle to between 6 or 8 years.  He added that species microprogation promotes rapid forest regrowth, faster than other methods.

Up to this date, Cuba has experimented with varies types of GM trees including bamboo and other hardwood trees such as cedar and pine.  Following field tests, the best varieties have been selected for larger scale gene-engineering laboratory experiments. 

Experimental GM bamboo plantations have already been planted in Santa Clara, Manicaragua, Santo Domingo and Cienfuegos.  The GM bamboo grows at a daily rate of 40-50 centimeters and absorbs high volumes of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

For more see: "Cuba fomenta la reforestación a través de la biotecnología," Agro-Bio (Colombia) Press Release, 2 June 2010.

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