World Rainforest Movement

Spain – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

WRM information sheets on GE tree research

First posted:  August 2014

Forest tree species being manipulated:

  • hybrid aspen (populus)

Aim of genetic manipulation

  • biomass yield

Those carrying out the research:

  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Universidad de Malaga

Those who provide support to research:

  • INRA (France) provided the hybrid poplar clone used in the field trial

Regulatory framework for research and field trials:

Field trials:

  • A field experiment was carried out in 2011 by the Universidad de Malaga on producing GE poplar with greater biomass, at a site of 6,335 m2 in Buñuel at the southwest of Navarra. (1)
  • The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid got approval in 2012 for carrying out a field trial in the period 2013-2016 at a 300m2 spot close to Madrid, aiming at developing intensively managed poplar for future applications are biomass production for energy purposes, wood pulp production or wood production.

Organizations opposing GE trees: