Studies: Transgenic American Chestnut Trees Show No Ill Effects on Seeds, Fungi or Larval Frogs
By Claire Dunn, New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Two new studies on the environmental impact of transgenic American chestnut trees provide evidence that the trees have no harmful effects on germinating seeds, beneficial fungi, or larval frogs that are dependable indicators of environmental quality.
The two recent studies, published by researchers at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), found that leaf litter from transgenic trees has no harmful effects on germinating seeds, mycorrhizal fungi that benefit the tree and the ecosystem, or larval frogs that live in the forests that were once home to some 4 billion American chestnut trees. Read the full article here.