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Applications of Biotechnology to Shelterbelt Improvement

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Title: Applications of Biotechnology to Shelterbelt Improvement
Author: Tuskan, Gerald A.
Description: A brief history of the forest in North Dakota is given. By 1880, nearly half of all trees in North Dakota were lost for one reason or another. By 1988, North Dakota had nearly reclaimed it's losses with tree planting called shelterbelts. Biotechnology was viewed as being necessary to increase reproductive cycles of the trees and to improve tree stock. The Ponderosa Pine, the Siberian Elm and the Silver Maple were those trees studied for improvements. Western Gail Rust infects 13 species of hard pines in North Dakota. Plant tissue culture, co-culturing techniques and recombinant DNA technologies were being applied to these 3 aforementioned tree selections.
Date: 1988
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6270

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