Canadian Forest Service Publications

Basics of plant genetic engineering and its potential applications to tree species. 1991. Charest, P.J.; Michel, M.-F. Forestry Canada, Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Chalk River, Ontario. Information Report PI-X-104. 48 p.

Year: 1991

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 10701

Language: English

Series: Information Report (Petawawa)

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The genetic engineering of plants has advanced phenomenally in the eight years since the first regeneration of a transgenic plant. This information report reviews the state-of-the-art in the techniques of genetic engineering for plants, covering both direct and indirect gene transfer methods. A comprehensive list of all plant species in which transgenic plants have been recovered has been compiled, and criteria for proof of stable integration are given. As well, agronomic characters used for genetic engineering are reviewed. The application of technologies developed with crop plants to tree species is discussed, starting with a survey of genetic transformation results followed by a discussion on problems associated with tree species. The use of agronomic characters for genetic engineering of trees is covered, and the report concludes with sections on the ecological impacts of genetically engineered trees, regulations for testing and release of transgenic trees, and a brief overview of research activities in tree genetic transformation in Canada.

Also available under the title:
Les fondements du génie phytogénétique et applications possibles aux essences forestières (French)