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Singapore’s speedy trees


November 1, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Guangzhao Industrial Forest has bred a fast-growing poplar that can help meet China’s paper demand while reducing d…

Guangzhao Industrial Forest has bred a fast-growing poplar that can help meet China’s paper demand while reducing deforestation in the country.

The company used a tissue culture to breed a strain of poplar whose fibre is used to make paper, that can mature in four to five years, less than half the amount of time it takes to grow in the wild.

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Officials of the Singapore-listed company confirmed the "Guangzhao Fast-Growing Poplar is faster than poplar breeds cultivated in North America, which can take between six to seven years to grow.

The company expects to have the first mature poplars, up to 12 metres (40 feet) high, ready for sale as timber to pulp companies, as early as next year.


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