27 April 2000
GM artichokes to grow for fuel
By FWi staff
SCIENTISTS have developed a variety of genetically modified artichokes which will be grown to fuel two power plants in Spain.
The Cynara cadunculus, or cardoon artichokes, grow to three metres with roots of seven metres, according to a report in The Independent.
Each plant can produce seven harvests, says the paper. Farmers will receive European subsidies of 100/hectare (40/acre) to grow the cardoons.
After 15 years of research, the power stations which plan to use the plants as fuel have agreed to pay farmers up to 20 a tonne.
- The Independent, 27/04/00, page 1