A US start-up will soon begin planting genetically engineered trees in Georgia and Pennsylvania that may be able to capture more carbon than regular trees
30 January 2023

By James Dinneen

Photosynthesis enhanced poplar comparison vs controls

Poplar trees engineered to capture more carbon (left) compared with unmodified poplars (right)

Living Carbon

Trees genetically engineered to grow faster and bigger will be planted on private land in Georgia and Pennsylvania by US firm Living Carbon starting early February. The company says its modified poplar and loblolly pine trees can capture more carbon than unmodified trees, but hasn’t yet demonstrated this outside a laboratory setting.

Maddie Hall, the company’s CEO, says 4 million to 5 million trees will be planted by the middle of 2024. Living Carbon plans to …