UGA Researchers work to clone strong, high-quality forest trees

December 16, 2013 |

In Georgia, University of Georgia researchers are working to produce faster-growing sweetgum trees by growing embryogenic sweetgum cultures in bioreactors, computer-operated systems used for growing embryogenic cells under controlled conditions. After the embryogenic cells are grown, they can be used to make embryos, which are then germinated and potted for planting. Scott Merkle, a professor of forest biology said the ultimate goal is to produce strong, high-quality trees that can be used for biomass energy in short rotation plantations or for pulp and paper.

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