Work of 50 faculty, staff and students harmed including research on plant genetics and ecosystem health

The thousands of seedlings used for poplar research at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture since the late ’80s have all been bred using traditional cross-pollination techniques except for 80 poplar plants obtained last fall from Oregon State University that have genes from other poplar trees inserted into them, according to Toby Bradshaw, research associate professor of forest resources.