Canadian Forest Service Publications

The TAIGA Project: Uniting Research Efforts to Better Protect Canadian Forests. 2013. Tanguay, P. NRCan, CFS, Laurentian Forestry Centre, Québec, Que. Branching out from the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre. No. 85. 2 p.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35303

Language: English

Series: Branching Out (LFC - Québec)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Several factors affect forest biodiversity, including climate change, habitat degradation, timber harvesting and the introduction of invasive alien species. These species, in the form of both insects and diseases, threaten the integrity of forests. The risk of introducing alien species and the resulting damage may increase in Canada, due in part to increased trade. What role can research play in protecting Canada’s forests from these invasive species?

Plain Language Summary

This publication reports on the TAIGA (Tree Agressors Identification using Genomic Approaches) Project.

The objectives of this project are to develop tools for detecting the presence of exotic pathogens in Canada, predicting where they will appear, and identifying their migration routes using DNA extraction techniques. The tools developed have helped to confirm the effectiveness of quarantine and destruction measures in the case of sudden oak death, a disease that attacks more than 100 plant species.

Branching Out is a series of plain language fact sheets describing Laurentian Forestry Centre research projects.

Also available under the title:
Le projet TAIGA : unir les efforts de recherche pour mieux Le projet TAIGA : unir les efforts de recherche pour mieux protéger les forêts canadiennes. L’éclaircie du Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Laurentides. No 85. (French)