Study Shows That Genetically Engineered Trees Have Altered Bacteria

Science Daily recently published a study titled, Modifying the structure of wood alters plant microbiome, which, in summary, finds that, “modifying the structure of poplar wood can also alter the endosphere microbiome, the bacteria that reside inside tree tissue, new research shows.

In this study, the researchers looked into how trees with modified wood structure could be used as a basis for the production of, inter alia, bioethanol.”

Molecular geneticist and developmental biologist Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher said of the study, “It’s been a long overdue investigation as so many of us have been pointing at the change of interaction between GE tree and its associated micro-organisms. In this case it’s the ones living within the plant.”

Read the full study here.