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2012-08-02 14:19 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
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2012-08-02 14:19 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

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Forestry´s fertile crescent: the application of biotechnology to forest trees.
Malcolm M. Campbell, Amy M. Brunner, Helen M. Jones, Steve H. Strauss
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Malcolm M. Campbell,

Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Oxford, South Parks Road,
Oxford OX1 3RB, UK

Fax: +44 (0)1865 274074;
E-mail: malcolm.campbell@plants.ox.ac.uk
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Relative to crop plants, the domestication of forest trees is still in its infancy. For example, the domestication of many crop plants was initiated some 10 000 years ago in the so-called 'Fertile Crescent' of the Middle East. By contrast, the domestication of forest trees for the purposes of producing more fibre began in earnest in the last half century. The application of biotechnology to forest trees offers a great potential to hasten the pace of tree improvement for desirable end uses. This review outlines some of the progress that has been made in the application of biotechnology to forest trees, and considers the prospects for biotechnologically based tree improvement in the future.
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  • 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”
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DOI: 10.1046/j.1467-7652.2003.00020.x
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John Wiley and Sons
Copyright © 2003, John Wiley and Sons
14 page PDF
John Wiley and Sons
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Keywords: domestication; genetic engineering; forestry; tree; wood