Canadian Forest Service Publications

The impact of biotechnology on forest pathology in Canada. 1995. Duchesne, L.C. Pages 83-94 in P.J. Charest and L.C. Duchesne Recent progress in forest biotechnology in Canada. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Chalk River, Ontario, Information Report PI-X-120.

Year: 1995

Available from: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 21485

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (request by e-mail)

Abstract

Biotechnology contributes greatly to forest pathology in Canada. It is used to help in the development of disease-resistant tree varieties through tissue culture and genomic transformation techniques. It can help elucidate the mechanisms of tree disease resistance by providing a variety of molecular methodologies. Biotechnology helps decipher the population genetics of pathogens. It also allows for the development of novel methods of disease control through the manipulation of microorganisms. In future, we speculate that the need for biotechnology in forest pathology will increase because disease-related problems may become more important if high yield forestry is applied.