The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a public release webinar for the new consensus report Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations on Tuesday, January 8 at 2:00 pm ET. The recording will be posted soon.
Biotechnology has the potential to help mitigate threats to North American forests from insects and pathogens through the introduction of pest-resistant traits to forest trees. However, many gaps in knowledge remain, particularly related to tree genetics, effects on the environment, and the public’s understanding of the technology. The report examines the potential of biotechnology to mitigate threats to forest tree health; identifies the ecological, ethical, and social implications of deploying biotechnology in forests, and develops a research agenda to address the knowledge gaps.
- Dr. Susan E. Offutt, Chief Economist (retired), U.S. Government Accountability Office
- Dr. Jason A. Delborne, Associate Professor of Science, Policy, & Society, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University
- Dr. Stephen DiFazio, Professor, Department of Biology, West Virginia University
- Dr. Inés Ibáñez, Associate Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan