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Genetic Modification in Forestry: Methods and Reasons Beck, Alistair


Rising demand for lumber and mounting economic pressure are increasing the need for a more cost efficient and reliable method of growing timber. The use of transgenic methods can allow for greater survival and growth rates in trees. Several different methods of genetic modification can be employed including biological and non-biological techniques. The reasons for modification can include the introduction of resistance to both biotic and abiotic disturbances or the improvement of wood characteristics. Although there are many benefits that can come from genetically modifying trees, there are some potential problems that may arise, including resistance to foreign genes or cross contaminating natural trees with those modified genes.

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