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Taiwan – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

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WRM information sheets on GE tree research

First posted: 1 August 2008

Last update: August 2014

Forest tree species being manipulated:

  • Eucalyptus (1)

Aim of genetic manipulation

  • increased cellulose production
  • more CO2 uptake by the tree

Those carrying out the research:

  • Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) and US North Carolina State University

Those who provide support to research:

  • National Science Council

Regulatory framework for research and field trials:

  • Taiwan has established field testing regulations governing plants, livestock, poultry and fish after Taiwan promulgated its field  testing regulation governing aquatic plants and animals in April 2009. (2)

Field trials:

  • Field testing of GE eucalyptus for pulp production was on-going in 2011 for biosafety assessement  (2)

Organizations opposing GE trees:

Sources:

  1. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2007/09/14/122524/Gene-modified-eucalyptus.htm
  2. http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Agricultural%20Biotechnology%20
    Annual_Taipei_Taiwan_10-6-2011.pdf