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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.
The Bioengineered Forest begins with a survey of the range of forestry practices for which the use of biotechnology 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.
'A 'must-read' for anyone dealing with or contemplating the use of bioengineered forests.' Choice 'Presents a compelling and realistic assessment of the current state of tree genetic engineering technology and the challenges it must successfully address before becoming widely implemented... Its authors include many of the lead scientists in the field, who present wide-ranging scientific, ethical, ecological, and environmental views.' Journal of Agribusiness 'The Bioengineered Forest represents viewpoints from proponents, neutrals, and opponents of forest biotechnology, giving the reader a clear idea of the various points of view... It will be useful to a variety of people interested in forest biotechnology including researchers, policymakers, activists, managers, and the general public.' William A. Powell, SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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