What can genomics do for Canada's forestry sector?



What can genomics do for Canada’s forestry sector?

By studying the DNA of trees, pests and other organisms,forest genomics can enable the growth of healthy, productive and sustainable forests. So how could it be used in Canada?

One, Tree Breeding.
Breeders can now accurately identify trees that grow faster, have higher wood quality and are naturally resistant to pests and are achieving this without the need for genetic modification.

Two, Pest Diagnostics.
Genomics can quickly and accurately detect pests and pathogens in order to prevent devastating outbreaks that would otherwise damage large areas of forest.

Three, Remediation.
We can detoxify soils more effectively following resource extraction by better understanding the remediation process. This increases the likelihood that land can be reclaimed for new forests.

These are just three ways in which genomic research is maintaining the health and productivity of Canada’s forests, and ensuring the competitiveness of our forestry sector on a global stage.