GM trees are coming on in leaps and bounds. The fruit of the Arctic Apple-tree is making its appearance in American Midwest stores , but the big GM tree event is 'short-rotation woody crops'.
Short-rotation woody crops are fast growing trees which can be harvested in just a few years for industrial purposes such as paper and biofuels. Eucalyptus, which escaped from its native Australia when Captain Cook arrived there, has become one such major crop since the 19th Century. Because different species are adaptable to many local climates, plantations are now found on every continent. The next wave, just beginning to gain momentum, is GM eucalyptus.