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Title: Biotechnology in the southern research station: a problem analysis

Author: Bridgwater, F.E.; Nelson, C.D.;

Date: 2006

Source: e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-96. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 35 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: We provide an analysis of opportunities and challenges for biotechnology in forest research in the southern United States. Four major areas of biotechnology were identified and described and then rated for priority among three groups of researchers—private sector, public sector, and the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station (SRS). The four areas of biotechnology were vegetative propagation, genetic transformation/modification, genomics/bioinformatics, and molecular marker applications. We concluded that these three groups have different research priorities with respect to biotechnology and that these differences complement each other. In particular, the SRS should continue its work in molecular marker technology development for applications in tree improvement, conservation genetics, forest health, and basic science. Also, the SRS should increase its efforts in genomics/bioinformatics while decreasing its research on vegetative propagation. Finally, the SRS should work on assessing the potential risks and impacts of planting and managing clones and/or genetically modified trees.

Keywords: Bioinformatics, clonal forestry, forest biotechnology research, genetic transformation/modification, genomics, marker-assisted selection (MAs), molecular markers, vegetative propagation

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Bridgwater, F.E.; Nelson, C.D. 2006. Biotechnology in the southern research station: a problem analysis. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-96. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 35 p.


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