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Research gap analysis for application of biotechnology to sustaining US forestsAuthor(s): R.W. Whetten; R. Kellison
Source: Journal of Forestry 108:193-201
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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DescriptionThe expanding human population of the world is placing greater demand on forest resources, both natural forests and plantations. Both types of forests are being adversely affected in North America as well as in other parts of the world, due to the globalization of trade and to climate change and associated changes in pest and disease incidence. Biotechnology may help to accelerate the progress of breeding programs working to develop trees with increased pest and disease resistance; better productivity and form; improved wood properties for pulp, solid wood, and bioenergy products; increased tolerance to adverse sites; and greater carbon sequestration. Key gaps in current scientific understanding limit these developments, but social acceptance of transgenic trees is also a major limitation. The process of acceptance of genetically engineered trees for use in commercial forests will require the coordinated effort of all parties, including forest biotechnologists, forest ecologists, regulatory agencies, and landowners.
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CitationWhetten, R.W.; Kellison, R. 2010. Research gap analysis for application of biotechnology to sustaining US forests. Journal of Forestry 108:193-201.
Keywordsinvasive pests, disease resistance, wood quality, phytoremediation, abiotic stress
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