Low-Nitrogen Soil

Victor Busov, left; Yordan Yordanov, center; and Hairong Wei, right, examine their experimental poplar trees. MTU photo.

MTU Scientists Get To The Root Of Poplar Tree Genes, Nutrient Efficiency

Working to identify key genes in the root development of poplar trees, three Michigan Technological University scientists have come up with a new model for how genes interact and affect each other’s function. They also identified a network of genes that cause poplar roots to grow well in low-nitrogen soil, making them ideal candidates for biofuel tree plantations on marginal lands.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/12/2013