Keeping our forests resources resilient and healthy

The forestry sector is facing several significant challenges, such as climate change, globalization, demographics, and wood supply. Some of these are global while others are specific to BC. Through genomics research, forestry companies and regulators have partnered with BC’s globally renowned scientists to lead the world in sustainable productivity.

The progress made to date in forest genomics discovery, applications and translation is revealing the tools and opportunities in BC to not just survive the ongoing transformation of the forest industry but contribute to its competitiveness and sustainability.

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University of British Columbia researchers and British Columbia’s government are joining forces to protect and enhance one of the province’s most iconic symbols and valuable re...

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Climate change is threatening the health of Canada’s forests, but revolutionary genomics research will give foresters a way to push back....

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Invasive species pose a significant threat to Canadian forests, tree farms and nurseries. The evidence is all around us - blighted leaves, spotted needles, bare branches, cankered ...

Slide Did you know? BC’s forests are one of its
greatest assets — a source of
clean water, air, recreation and
many ecosystem benefits
BC’s forests are spread across 55M hectares of public land
BC is the largest exporter of softwood lumber
and accounts for
53% of Canada’s total production BC’s forestry sector contributes $12.9B to the provincial GDP and contributes 59,900 direct jobs to the economy
Advances in genomics will
contribute to healthy
and productive forests
in the face of climate change.
Slide Genomics can contribute to:
identification of invasive
pests and pathogens – to
limit introduction, spread,
and damages
a traceability system
to enable BC timber
to be recognized by trading partners
as pest and pathogen free
optimized breeding programs
to improve wood quality,
wood quantity, and
climate change adaptation
Advanced, high value
added bio-products from
fibre – improving industry