Regulation, Certification, and Use of Biotech Trees – 2015

How and where will biotech trees be used in coming years?
The regulatory frameworks of biotech trees in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, U.S., Canada, South Africa, China, and New Zealand are reviewed. The approaches that top sustainable forest management systems in these countries take toward biotech trees are compared to show where regulations and certification systems overlap and diverge. Finally, there is an analysis of where, when, and for what purpose biotech trees are likely to be used commercially.
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Forest Health Initiative: A Retrospective Look

Rapid and Responsible Innovation
This report, created by the IFB, provides insight into and describes outcomes of a ground-breaking multi-year project that set out to better understand the potential, value and role of modern biotechnology in addressing some of today’s most pressing forest health issues. Launched in 2009, the Forest Health Initiative (FHI) is managed by the IFB.  It is a collaborative effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS), the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), and Duke Energy designed to plumb the potential of genetically modifying trees to make them more resistant to threats, while concurrently assessing relevant societal and regulatory issues.
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