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  1. #1 How to Regrow the Rainforest in 10 minutes or Less 
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    Aggressive trees, out of control plant growth; these are often supporting or vilified roles in the world of sci-fi or fantasy. Dr. Lago, a Sao Paulo University biogenetic research professor, explains that this fantasy may have come true. Using gene splicing, amplification and second messenger systems, the rainforest advocate has invented a new possibility of plant repopulation.


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    Or we could plant kudzu in Haiti and the Amazon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithsonjohn
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    Aggressive trees, out of control plant growth; these are often supporting or vilified roles in the world of sci-fi or fantasy. Dr. Lago, a Sao Paulo University biogenetic research professor, explains that this fantasy may have come true. Using gene splicing, amplification and second messenger systems, the rainforest advocate has invented a new possibility of plant repopulation.
    It's the stupidest idea I have heard in a long time.

    The fast growing modified tree (if it really exists) needs extra nutrients. Lots of them.

    So you plant them. You get fast growing trees. Never mind the fact you have to constantly monitor their nutrient situation and add nutrients were necessary. Try that on a large scale.

    And what then? You end up with a forest of fast growing trees. Any naturally balance has gone forever.

    You could just as well replace the rainforest with grassfields.
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    This is just impossible, even if you managed to make something like that the trees would have no use because compared to their size they would have no nutritional value. As it takes time for cells to replicate and rebuild. Because of these progresses which have a max speed it will not be possible to do the thing that you imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithsonjohn
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    Aggressive trees, out of control plant growth; these are often supporting or vilified roles in the world of sci-fi or fantasy. Dr. Lago, a Sao Paulo University biogenetic research professor, explains that this fantasy may have come true. Using gene splicing, amplification and second messenger systems, the rainforest advocate has invented a new possibility of plant repopulation.
    Just suppose it is possible, the consequences would be catastrophic. It certainly would not take long for this plant to get out of hand fast. In the world of plant competition, fast growing plants will always get the most sunlight. So if other plants are going to compete they will have to become fast growers to.

    The fastest growing plants that I know of now are weeds, which are not good for most everything that humans might want plants for. If you think small weeds can be annoying, how about big weeds? Take a 3 or 4 week vacation and you might come back to a jungle instead of a home.
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