Domesticated tree crops may be the 'future of forestry'

icultural lands, encroachment on wildlife areas and increased consumption of natural resources.

"I'm not suggesting that we have genetically engineered trees growing in all our national forests," he said. "But this kind of technology could allow us to increase our yields and create tailor-made trees to meet society's demands for forestry products without encroaching on wilderness areas."

The next step in Meilan's research will involve taking genes he identifies through gene and enhancer trapping, transferring those genes to trees that lack the desired trait and determining whether the trait is acquired.

Also contributing to this research were Andrew Groover, Joseph R. Fontana and Gayle Dupper with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics; Caiping Ma and Steven Strauss with Oregon State University; and Robert Martienssen with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

Funding was partially provided by industrial members of the Tree Genetic Engineering Research Cooperative, sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Program through contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.


Contact: Jennifer Cutraro
Purdue University

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Improving crops without genetic modification natural variation holds the key
2. Disease threatens cucumbers, pumpkins, and other vine crops
3. Members receive distinction as fellows of crops society
4. Mass flowering crops enhance pollinator densities at a landscape scale
5. Models show gene flow from crops threatens wild plants
6. Universities to share technologies to fight hunger in developing countries; improve domestic crops
7. Reducing the risk of frost damage to short-season crops
8. First soybeans grown in space similar to Earth-grown crops
9. Genetically modified crops not necessarily a threat to the environment
10. Could Bt transgenic crops have nutritionally favourable effects on insects?
11. Genetically modified crops in India produced greater yields, reduced pesticide use, new study finds

Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/17/2015)... 17, 2015  Vigilant Solutions announces today that Mr. ... of Directors. --> --> ... from the partnership at TPG Capital, one of the ... $140 Billion in revenue.  He founded and led TPG,s ... TPG companies, from 1997 to 2013.  In his first ...
(Date:11/16/2015)... SAN JOSE, Calif. , Nov 16, 2015 ... leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced ... new Synaptics TouchView ™ touch controller and ... the architectural revolution of smartphones. These new TDDI ... and include TD4100 (HD resolution), TD4302 (WQHD resolution), ...
(Date:11/12/2015)... Mass. , Nov. 12, 2015  Arxspan ... Institute of MIT and Harvard for use of ... discovery information management tools. The partnership will support ... both biological and chemical research information internally and ... will be used for managing the Institute,s electronic ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... , ... The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), led by its Executive Council, ... Grand Prix, to represent the First–Person View (FPV) racing community. , FPV racing has ... type of racing and several new model aviation pilots have joined the community because ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... CITY , Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - ... "Company") announced today that the remaining 11,000 post-share ... Share Purchase Warrants (the "Series B Warrants") subject ... were exercised on November 23, 2015, which will ... Shares.  After giving effect to the issuance of ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Creation ... on being named to Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500 list of the fastest ... AcceleDent®, a FDA-cleared, Class II medical device that speeds up orthodontic tooth movement ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... VILLAGE, Nev. , Nov. 24, 2015  PDL BioPharma, ... John P. McLaughlin , the company,s president and chief executive ... Jaffray Healthcare Conference next week in New York ... will occur on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. ... Presentations." Please connect to the website at least 15 minutes ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: