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The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health

Welcome to the site of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study, The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health, that will focus on trees and consider the use of biotechnology to prevent the extirpation of a single tree species by an insect or disease that could have negative consequences for forest health. The committee will examine the potential use of biotechnology to mitigate threats to forest tree health; identify the ecological, ethical, and social implications of deploying biotechnology in forests, and develop a research agenda to address knowledge gaps about its application.

Update 10/11: Committee provisionally appointed, see committee membership here.

Funding for the study has been provided by The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Email: ForestBiotech@nas.edu