Brazil OKs FuturaGene eucalyptus trials
Brazilian biotechnology company and biofuels developer FuturaGene (Sao Paulo) is to run field trials of eucalyptus trees genetically modified to improve biomass yields. Approval for the trials was given by Brazil’s national technical commission on biosafety, the CTNBio. The trials, the fourth to be permitted in the last eight months, are intended as a final evaluation of the new trees’ plantation agronomic properties and biosafety prior to a commercial launch. Planting will begin later this month and represent the most advanced trials in the world of GM biomass eucalyptus, the company points out. Founded in 1993, FuturaGene was bought by the Brazilian paper manufacturer, Suzano Pulp and Paper, in July 2010.