USDA approves field trial of bioengineered eucalyptus

05/12/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Department of Agriculture issued permits Wednesday for a field trial to cultivate genetically modified eucalyptus trees that could become new sources of wood for pulp, paper and biofuels. No environmental problems are expected to result from the field trial, which could involve growing more than 200,000 eucalyptus trees on about 300 acres in 7 states stretching from Florida to Texas, according to the USDA's assessment.

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