. UT Tree Improvement Program


Genetic Engineering Statement

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The UT Tree Improvement Program does not conduct research on trees that have been genetically engineered using molecular methodologies. The program uses a combination of traditional breeding, testing, and selection to genetically improve trees. Cooperative projects do exist with molecular biologists at other universities, but are directed toward basic research objectives and not transformation experiments to insert foreign genes. For a summary of these cooperative efforts, please visit the molecular researh section.