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Biotechnological efforts for preserving and enhancing temperate hardwood tree biodiversity, health, and productivityAuthor(s): Paula M. Pijut; Shaneka S. Lawson; Charles H. Michler
Source: In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant. 47: 123-147.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionHardwood tree species in forest, plantation, and urban environments (temperate regions of the world) are important biological resources that play a significant role in the economy and the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems, and they have aesthetic and spiritual value. Because of these many values of hardwood tree species, preserving forest tree biodiversity through the use of biotechnological approaches should be an integral component in any forestry program in addition to large-scale ecologically sustainable forest management and preservation of the urban forest environment. Biotechnological tools are available for conserving tree species as well as genetic characterization that will be needed for deployment of germplasm through restoration activities. This review concentrates on the biotechnological tools available for conserving, characterizing, evaluating, and enhancing hardwood forest tree biodiversity. We focus mainly on species grown for lumber and wood products, not species grown mainly for fiber (pulp and paper production). We also present a brief summary of the importance of non-wood forest products from temperate hardwood tree species (a research area that needs further development using biotechnological techniques) and a few case studies for preserving forest tree biodiversity.
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CitationPijut, Paula M.; Lawson, Shaneka S.; Michler, Charles H. 2011. Biotechnological efforts for preserving and enhancing temperate hardwood tree biodiversity, health, and productivity. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant. 47: 123-147.
Keywordsbiochemical markers, conservation, cryopreservation, deciduous trees, forest genetics, micropropagation, molecular markers, regeneration, somatic embryogenesis, temperate trees
- Fiber resources
- Conservation of Germplasm in Forest Trees
- Intentional systems management: managing forests for biodiversity.
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