Genomics is providing new insights and tools in the battle to keep our forest resources healthy. The sector is facing several significant challenges, such as climate change, globalization, demographics, and wood supply. Some of these are global, others are specific to BC, however, each of these challenges also offers opportunities.
There are major opportunities in the bio-economy, such as “clean energy”, and BC’s forest sector is well positioned to take advantage of them. 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.