Genetic Engineering Versus Traditional Tree Breeding

If the use of host genetics in forest pest management was easily achieved it would probably be more widely used. Research in the use of host genetics to disrupt pest populations has traditionally proceeded through selection and breeding programs. More recently, biotechnology has begun to play an increasingly important role combining the two approaches into a single program (Hart et al. 1992). Genetically modified (GM) trees have the potential to substantially increase wood production in the...