Industry News: Conservation

Designer Forests: Scientists Hope to Tune Up Canada's Trees to Thrive in Changing Climate

Wednesday, March 29, 2017  

By The Province

Forest geneticists aim to tune up Canada’s working forests with trees better suited to changing climate conditions and that increase timber yields by up to 30 per cent in the bargain.

The $5.8-million project won’t be creating genetically engineered trees, rather the researchers will scour the genes of diverse existing populations of important species such as Douglas fir and lodgepole pine for useful and often highly localized adaptations to heat, cold, drought, snow and rain.

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