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Wood you want a tree that grows faster?

Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster.

  • They're now planning to trial this in the field (or perhaps, more accurately, in the forest)
  • If it works at scale, and of course if there are no adverse effects, this could do two things:
    • increase supplies of renewable resources
    • help trees cope with the effects of climate change

For more, read Science Daily's report on Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker.

This sounds scary, but with climate change upon us, and concerns for what that means for our world, perhaps some bioengineering like this is a good idea to offset the lifestyles of nine billion people. 

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