Canadian Forest Service Publications

Impact of biotechnology on forest ecosystems. 1993. Duchesne, L.C. The Forestry Chronicle 69(3): 307-313.

Year: 1993

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 10760

Language: English

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This paper discusses the potential risks and benefits that may be derived from present and future use of forest biotechnology in Canada. The complementary use of forest biotechnolgoy along with tradition silvicultural programs has the potential to improve the quality of Canadian forests by promoting: increased forest productivity, a reduction of exploitation pressure on forest lands, an increase in gene conservation, and improved forest management. However, these benefits could also be followed by undesirable effects such as pest adaptation to control methods, non-target pest emergence, reduction of biodiversity, and genetic pollution. Measures that could be implemented to circumvent these potentially undesirable effects are discussed. Such measures should be based on a sound understanding of the ecological effects of biotechnology and should promote biotechnology use within programs of integrated forest management.