Science: Faster Trees, Strong Straws

It is almost a law that farmers must rise early, work late, receive little return for their labor. If the prediction of Dr. Ralph McKee of Columbia University, made last week before The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, comes true, this routine will be upset.

Dr. McKee, financed by Oxford Paper Co., has worked for four years on new hybrid poplar trees which will mature rapidly, be suitable for paper manufacture. Aided by New York Botanical Garden experts, he has developed 101 hybrids from the 21 species of poplar. Fourteen of the hybrids are specially...

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