Canadian Forest Service Publications

The ecological impact of biotechnology on forest ecosystems. 1995. Duchesne, L.C. Pages 125-131 in P.J. Charest and L.C. Duchesne, compilers. 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

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 21487

Language: English

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The potential risks and benefits of biotechnological applications in Canada's forests are discussed. Complementing forest biotechnology with traditional silvicultural programs has the potential to improve the quality of Canadian forests by promoting increased forest productivity, reduced exploitation pressure on forest lands, increased gene conservation, and improved forest management. However, it is possible that these benefits could 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. These should be based on a sound understanding of the ecological effects of biotechnology and should promote biotechnology use within programs of integrated forest management.