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    Rekrul, 10 Jul 2015 @ 5:55pm

    I read a news item a while back that some government agency had approved the planting of GMO pine trees in the wild without even doing any kind of impact study on what they would do to the environment. If I remember correctly, the trees were designed to have harder wood, which it said would have effects on the animal and insect species who depend on pine trees for their survival.

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      Michael Ho (profile), 10 Jul 2015 @ 6:40pm

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      http://www.capitalpress.com/Timber/20150128/usda-cannot-restrict-gmo-pine

      "A pine tree genetically engineered for greater wood density can be grown without restrictions after the USDA decided it lacks authority to regulate the variety."

      ah. that's.. interesting.

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        JoeCool (profile), 10 Jul 2015 @ 8:22pm

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        According to the article, it's extra density comes from a different variety of pine, so there's little chance this will cause any major problems to animals and insects... certainly no more than just growing the different variety itself rather than the blend. It's not like the GMO pine will be like iron or stone or something stupid like that, it's just a slightly more dense pine.

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          GEMont, 12 Jul 2015 @ 11:33am

          Re: Re: Re:

          "...just growing the different variety itself rather than the blend."

          If that's the case, then what is the genetic modification for, since it would not take a genetic fusion adaptation to grow a pine tree that was merely a crossbreed between two natural pine trees - a "blend".

          That can be done the old fashioned way, as they do with Nectarines - Peach/Pears.

          Normally, genetic plant modification is done specifically to allow the plant to survive the use of "Roundup" - Monsanto's defoliant de-weeding product - by fusing a bacteria gene to the plant gene, making the plant part animal and thus immune to Roundup's total plant kill.

          This does not appear to be the case for application with a pine tree crop, as far as I can tell, and leaves the question - what modification necessitated genetic fusion, if the extra hardness can be had through the far less expensive and fully successful crossbreeding of tree types?

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