Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) applies for second field trial

April 18, 2013

MultiBioPro partner VIB evaluates the performance of poplars under realistic outdoor conditions

VIB has asked the Federal Government of Belgium for a license to perform a second field trial with genetically modified poplars. The wood from these trees has a slightly different composition, meaning that it can be converted to sugars in a more efficient and more environmentally friendly manner. One of the aims of the field trial is to evaluate how the trees perform under realistic outdoor conditions. Another aim will be to expose the wood from the poplars to empirical conversion trials at a pilot factory scale. The field trial will take place at the ILVO Wetteren field trial site and falls under the “Ghent Bio-Economy” focal point of the University of Ghent.

Further information about the conditions and objectives of the field trial is available in the press release of VIB: http://www.vib.be/en/news/Pages/VIB-applies-for-second-poplar-field-trial.aspx