Introduction; C.G. Williams.
Section I: Pros and Cons for Transgenic Conifer Plantations.
1. Foresters and DNA; J. Ausubel et al. 2. Questioning Commercial Use of Transgenic Conifers; C.G. Williams. 3. It's Just A Crop: Public Perception and Transgenic Trees; S. Anderson.
Section II: Genomics Methods, Resources and Alternative Applications.
4. Genomics Resources for Conifers; J. Dean. 5. A New Direction for Conifer Genomics; K. Ritland et al. 6. Using Genomics to Study Evolutionary Origins of Seeds; E. Brenner, D. Stevenson. 7. Metabolic Profiling for Transgenic Forest Trees; H. Häggmann, R. Julkunen-Tiitto.
Section III: Viewing Transgenic Conifer Plantations on A Landscape Scale.
8. Dispersal of Transgenic Conifer Pollen; G. Katul et al. 9. Gene Flow in Conifers; J. Mitton, C.G. Williams. 10. Pines as Invasive Aliens: Outlook for Transgenic Conifers in the Southern Hemisphere; D. Richardson, R. Petit.
Section IV: Economics of Transgenic Technology Adoption.
11. Economic Prospects and Policy Framework for Forest Biotechnology for the Southern United States and South America; F. Cubbage et al. 12. Transgenic Forest Trees and Private Forests; M. Megalos.
Section V: Government Regulations and Biosafety.
13. Canada's Regulatory Approach; A.-C. Bonfils. 14. Biosafety of Transgenic Forests in the United States; R. Irwin, P. Jones.
The book is written for policy experts, life scientists, government and business leaders, biotechnology writers and social activists. Few decision-makers realize the unprecedented degree to which transgenic technology is now possible for forests on a commercial scale. Only a handful of the 550 living conifer species is used for commodity value and even fewer species are being developed for transgenic plantations. Transgenic field trials started within the last decade but no transgenic pine plantations exist in 2005. But emergence of transgenic forest trees is still so recent that dialogue about the pros and cons is confined to the scientific community. And dialogue must move out into the public domain.
The goal of this volume is to provide content for public deliberations about the genetic composition of future forests. Its Section I is composed of provocative and opposing views on the question of transgenic conifer plantations. Sections II and III follow with research advances on relevant conifer genomics and ecology research, respectively. Section IV forecasts rates of technology adoption for different case studies. Finally, Section V compares the status of regulatory oversight of transgenic forest trees between Canada and the United States.
This book shows that genetically engineered forest trees are now feasible on a commercial scale
First book to lay out pros and cons on the genetically engineered conifer forests to a broader audience looking at the question from different disciplines
It was written for decision-making in private and public sectors by authors from 7 countries offering controversial statements about the future of this technnology