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.
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.