Canadian Forest Service Publications

A Genomics Platform for Detection Purposes and Better Protection of Our Forests. 2015. Hamelin. R. NRCan, CFS, Laurentian Forestry Centre, Québec, Que. Branching out from the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre. No. 98. 2 p.

Year: 2015

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36142

Language: English

Series: Branching Out (LFC - Québec)

Availability: PDF (download)

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The risk of introducing exotic species, and the damage they cause, may increase in Canada because of the higher volume of trade, among other reasons. How do we protect our forests against these invasive species? Let us have a look at the genomics platform developed by Canadian Forest Service researchers, a next-generation detection centre.

Plain Language Summary

This publication is about the use of a genomics platform to detect tree diseases.

The rising volume of commercial traffic increases the risk of introducing alien species into Canada. Researchers are keeping an eye on ten priority diseases that need to be monitored. Because these diseases, such as sap stain and thousand cankers disease, infect and cause significant decay in their hosts, DNA based tools are being developed to detect targeted pathogens effectively and at a lower cost.

Branching Out is a series of plain language fact sheets describing research work conducted at the Laurentian Forestry Centre.

Also available under the title:
Plateforme génomique de détection : pour mieux protéger nos forêts. L’éclaircie du Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Laurentides. No 98. (French)