News Ticker – June 24, 2010


Genetically-modified paper on the way?

ArborGen freeze-tolerant eucalyptus trees

ArborGen freeze-tolerant eucalyptus trees can be harvested in as little as three years.

ArborGen received approval from the US Dept. of Agriculture to plant 250,000 genetically-modified eucalyptus trees in an effort to increase paper production, according to an Associated Press report. ArborGen, a South Carolina-based biotech JV among International Paper, MeadWestvaco and Rubicon, plans to plant the altered eucalyptus trees in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana.

Because of the high-quality pulp they produce, eucalyptus trees are said to be ideal for paper production and have a faster growth rate than typical hardwoods. Capable of growing 25 ft per year, the trees can be ready for harvesting within three years, the report says. The genetically-modified trees are designed to survive in colder climates than their native habitats. The test will help determine how far north the modified trees can survive. (Next up: Importing koalas into Charleston. –CC)

SPC COMPASS 2.0 offers new resources for sustainable packaging design
Using a life cycle approach, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s new version of its COMPASS® Web application allows packaging professionals to compare the environmental impacts of package designs. The application assesses packages on resource consumption, emissions and packaging attributes such as material health, recycled or virgin content, sourcing and solid waste. Version 2.0 also models the transportation impacts associated with packaging distribution and has an enhanced user interface. Among its improvements: Creating multi-pack scenarios; comparing single-use packages to refill alternatives; and capturing detailed assessment results and charts in an Excel report. More info 

TAPPI “Intro to Tissue Manufacturing” set for Aug. 11-12
TAPPI Fellow and veteran educator Dr. Michael Kocurek is finalizing curriculum for the TAPPI Introduction to Tissue Manufacturing course, which is set for Aug. 11-12 at the Kemira Training Room in Kennesaw, GA. Designed to help attendees increase their understanding of tissue-performance properties, manufacturing processes and product performance, the course is ideal for those new to tissuemaking or who want to gain a better understanding of mill operations to produce a more competitive product. More info

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One Response to News Ticker – June 24, 2010

  1. Charles Klass says:

    Forestry researchers and plant biologists have been genetically modifying pine trees and other species to shorten growth cycles and improve the amount of pulpwood produced per unit land area for decades. International Paper promoted this effort years ago with the “Super Tree” ads.

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