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The Bioengineered Forest: Challenges for Science and Society
     

The Bioengineered Forest: Challenges for Science and Society

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by Steven H. Strauss, H.D. Bradshaw
 

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ISBN-10: 1891853716

ISBN-13: 9781891853715

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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,

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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:
9781891853715
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
RFF Press Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
PART I
Economic and Technological Choices
1. Future Forests: Environmental and Social Contexts for Forest Biotechnologies
Hal Salwasser
2. Biotechnology and the Forest Products Industry
Alan A. Lucier, Maud Hinchee, and Rex B. McCullough
3. Biotechnology and the Global Wood Supply
Roger A. Sedjo
4. Accomplishments and Challenges in Genetic Engineering of Forest Trees
Rick Meilan, Dave Ellis, Gilles Pilate, Amy M. Brunner, and Jeff Skinner
5. Exotic Pines and Eucalypts: Perspectives on Risks of Transgenic Plantations
Rowland D. Burdon and Christian Walter
6. Tree Biotechnology in the Twenty-First Century: Transforming Trees in the Light of Comparative Genomics
Steven H. Strauss and Amy M. Brunner
PART II
Ethical, Social, and Ecological Caveats
7. The Ethics of Molecular Silviculture
Paul B. Thompson
8. Will the Marketplace See the Sustainable Forest for the Transgenic Trees?
Don S. Doering
9. Environmental and Social Aspects of the Intensive Plantation/Reserve Debate
Sharon T. Friedman and Susan Charnley
10. Have You Got a License for That Tree? (And Can You Afford to Use It?)
Nancy S. Bryson, Steven P. Quarles, and Richard J. Mannix
11. Invasiveness of Transgenic versus Exotic Plant Species: How Useful Is the Analogy?
James F. Hancock and Karen Hokanson
12. Potential Impacts of Genetically Modified Trees on Biodiversit of Forestry Plantations: A Global Perspective
Brian Johnson and Keith Kirby
13. Transgenic Resistance in Short-Rotation Plantation Trees: Benefits, Risks, Integration with Multiple Tactics, and the Need to Balance the Scales
Kenneth F. Raffa
Index

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