The Bioengineered Forest: Challenges for Science and Society

The Bioengineered Forest: Challenges for Science and Society

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by Steven H. Strauss
     
 

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Bioengineering offers many opportunities for forestry. Bioengineered trees can produce more valuable wood, help reclaim contaminated land, improve the health of urban trees, and facilitate pest management. But the ecological risks are complex, and public views about the ethical acceptability of genetic engineering vary widely. Unique in its breadth and diversity, The

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Bioengineering offers many opportunities for forestry. Bioengineered trees can produce more valuable wood, help reclaim contaminated land, improve the health of urban trees, and facilitate pest management. But the ecological risks are complex, and public views about the ethical acceptability of genetic engineering vary widely. Unique in its breadth and diversity, The Bioengineered Forest begins with a survey of the range of forestry practices for which the use of biotechnologies might be appropriate. Scholars representing diverse academic perspectives and viewpoints examine in depth the economic and environmental rationale for forest biotechnologies and the current state of technology with respect to gene performance and safety. They consider the contemporary political and economic environment in which bioengineering is being introduced and where the 'genomic revolution' might take forestry and genetic engineering in the future. The Bioengineered Forest presents compelling arguments in favor of genetic engineering. Just as powerfully, it examines the significant technical and legal hurdles involved in genetic engineering, the undesirable environmental and social consequences that might result from its misapplication, and the risks for businesses that are looking too exclusively for near-term benefits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136525704
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Steven H. Strauss is a professor of molecular and cellular biology and genetics in the Department of Forestry and the director of the Tree Genetic Engineering Research Cooperative at Oregon State University. H.D. Bradshaw is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Among the journals in which his research has appeared are Tree Physiology, Nature Biotechnology, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, and Phytopathy.

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