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Record ID
103708
Status
Published
Date of creation
2012-08-02 14:27 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-08-02 14:27 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General Information
Title
The advantages and disadvantages of the application of genetic engineering to forest trees: a discussion.
Author
J.H. Mathews and M.M. Campbell
Author’s contact information
Oxford Forestry Institute
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Oxford
OX1 3RB
UK
Language(s)
  • English
Publication date
2000
Subject
Summary, abstract or table of contents
Abstract:
This review briefly examines moral arguments for and against genetic engineering (GE) technology in trees, finding equal support for both sides of the debate. Subsequently, environmental costs and benefits are reviewed. Due to the complexity of tree-environment interactions, clear-cut answers are not forthcoming. However, some environmental risks are deemed to be potentially serious; the nature of such risks and possibilities for their containment are described. Assessment of such risks should be undertaken by interdisciplinary teams including ecologists and microbiologists, with the onus being on biotechnological scientists to prove, to the satisfaction of consumers, that the technology they produce is safe. A well-functioning regulatory mechanism is necessary if benefits of GE technology are to be maximized while keeping to a minimum any associated risks.
Thematic areas
  • Scientific and technical issues
    • Risk assessment
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
Is this document is recommend as background material for the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms”
Yes
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
Additional Information
Type of resource
  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
Identifier
doi: 10.1093/forestry/73.4.371
Publisher and its location
Oxford University Press
Rights
© Institute of Chartered Foresters
Format
10 page PDF
Source
Forestry (2000) 73 (4): 371-380.