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Failure of planted seedlings leads to less than optimal forest regeneration and sometimes requires replanting which increases costs and energy consumption. Estimates of biomass gains (and of increased carbon sequestration) from genetic enhancement of trees ranges from 10% to 100% per generation. D. ). For instance, BCRI is producing 600 000 seedlings of weevil-resistant Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)49. , plant growth promoting rhizobia) to support the growth of seedlings in forest nurseries. The economic value of biotechnology-derived products in forest protection and forest regeneration goes beyond the value of direct sales because of the multiplier effect for end-users resulting from increased productivity of the forest sector.

A: A3-A6 (1998) 45 Advances in Biochemical Engineering Biotechnology, Volume 57 (Biotechnology in the pulp and paper industry) Springer-Verlag (1997). 42 A) Forest Protection DNA markers46 are used to assess biological diversity of tree species (so measures can be taken to maintain genetic diversity of forest trees) and can also be used to identify traits such as disease resistance. Pheromone47-baited insect traps can provide an early warning capability for insect pests so measures can be taken when required, reducing unnecessary pesticide spraying and saving energy and cost.

The Canadian forest industry is one of the most capital intensive industries in Canada and is a major user of high technology, especially informatics and intelligent systems. g. , xylanase in pulp bleaching). g. ethanol from waste sulfite liquor). Several initiatives (see below) have recently been launched to improve the receptor capacity of the forest products industry for technologies relating to intensive forestry. Leading forestry research organizations in North Carolina and other regions of the US are encouraging US forestry companies to use biotechnology to grow more wood on less land and to produce hardier trees with better traits.

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