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Denmark – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research

First posted: 1 August 2008
Last update: August 2014

Tree species being manipulated:

  •   Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana) (1)

Aim of genetic manipulation

  • Christmas trees resistant to insects and whose needles don’t drop off as quickly.(1)

Those carrying out the research:

  • Danish team led by Dr Jens Find. Test in Copenhagen’s Botanical Gardens. (1)
  • In 2009, Find declared that he had given this research up because “People just don’t want plants out of some laboratory standing in their living rooms”. (2)

Those who provide support to research:

  • New Zealand Institute of Forest Research (1)

Sources:

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/1999/sep/26/gm.food
  2. http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/fir-perfection-scientists-seek-to-clone-
    perfect-christmas-tree-a-668644.htm
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