Biotechnology And Forest Genetics:an Industry Perspective

Biotechnology is not new to forestry or many other industries. Man has been using biotechnology, in its broadest sense, since he began domesticating crops. Recent advances, however, have made available new genetic and molecular techniques. The current excitement derives from their potential application across the spectrum of activities in forest industry--from producing wood through processing it to using wastes. Tree improvement, as an example, can be expedited and made less costly with techniques such as cell culture and gene transfer. Shortening the time required for selecting, breeding, and testing may allow forestry to benefit as much as or more than other industries dependent on plant material.

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Author(s): Ronald J. Dinus

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1985

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