In the 1970’s show, “The Six Million Dollar Man,” a human was largely recreated using advanced technology to make him “better, faster, and stronger.” Today, new technology is being applied, albeit in a somewhat different manner, to trees. And the reason? To make them advanced, powerful instruments to help clean our environment. In Danbury, Connecticut, for example, 160 bioengineered cottonwoods have been planted to help clean up mercury from a hat factory. At Oregon State University, scientists are developing a new tree that will soak up carbon dioxide in its roots more efficiently. And recently, a new research team has also been making great strides in producing a disease resistant strain of the American Chestnut. Lee Majors, step aside!

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