Two Pictures Worth 1,000 Words

PolyGenomX have a number of trial plantings on a property in SE Queensland’s Border Ranges region.  We use these for grow-out, species comparison, plant tissue collection and seed production.

In one comparison trial, the following photograph shows two Paulownia cultivars that share the same elite genetics drawn from a large-scale 48-year Chinese breeding program.  The parent (diploid) tree on the left is 2.98m. However, the polygenomic offspring – PGX’s species – on the right is 5.67m!

Paulownia Comparison Jan13

The plant on the left is a diploid Paulownia (with 2 genomes per cell); its genetic twin on the right is a tetraploid (4 genomes per cell) developed by PolyGenomX using the Lamont Process to produce a new, genetically stable, fertile, carbon efficient polygenomic variety. The same technology can be applied to any tree species with similar results.

These photographs were taken on 22 January 2013 and illustrate 15 weeks of growth.  Both trees were planted in November 2011 and coppiced to ground level 11 October 2012. Both are growing within 10 metres of each other, in clayey soil in the Border Ranges (which is not ideal Paulownia country or soil).

We are very pleased with results so far, and will provide an update on the progress on these trees following our current winter.

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