NEW MEXICO—More than 30 Forest Service geneticists from National Forest System, Research & Development and State and Private Forestry convened a three-day National Genetics Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 19-21.
The workshop fostered collaboration among deputy areas and the development of draft recommendations on how to address some important genetics issues facing the agency. The participants addressed how to adjust the movement of plant materials across the landscape to make forests more resilient to climate change and the potential use of trees genetically modified for traits such as resistance to invasive diseases and insects.
Geneticists recommend using plant material from appropriate sources for reforestation and restoration to accommodate projected changes in climate based on the best available science and to support the use of biotechnology to mitigate insect and disease outbreaks.
The workshop outcomes, including the draft guidance, will help to advance the mission of the Forest Service as it uses science to adapt to an ever-changing environment.