Saving Canada’s Beautiful Forests

December 12, 2011 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

The sight of trees affected by disease – blighted leaves, spotted needles, bare branches, cankered stems – is heartbreaking, and often means whatever pest is attacking the trees has won the fight. These small battles are part of a much larger war being fought in Canada’s forests, a war that is costing more than $2 billion annually. With our global economy, new diseases are being introduced to our forests by pests gaining entry through the worldwide movement of goods and people.

In an effort to halt these diseases, Genome British Columbia and Genome Canada are providing $4,250,116 for a new and innovative research project entitled “Genomics-Based Forest Health Diagnostics and Monitoring” which is being led by Dr. Richard Hamelin, a professor at UBC and senior research scientist at Natural Resources Canada.

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