Accelerated Reforestation

April 21, 2015

Accelerated Reforestation

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Deforestation, whether through the purposeful culling of forests for agricultural purposes and logging endeavours or the accidental destruction of forests through fires and overgrazing, remains one of the world’s most pressing problems and perhaps the biggest driver of climate change. National Geographic describes deforestation as a ‘modern-day plague’ and notes that at the current rate “the world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years”. Reforestation efforts are underway in many parts of the globe, but it’s a slow process. That could change following a recent announcement by scientists at the University of Manchester (Science Daily, 2015). By manipulating and forcing an overexpression of specific tree trunk genes (PXY and CLE), the team saw tree growth that was double the norm. Interestingly, the trees not only grew faster, but they were bigger and leafier too! A testing phase will soon be underway.

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