UM Professor Diana Six Co-Author on New "Forest Health and Biotechnology" Report

Dr. Diana Six. Photo courtesy of UM News Service

Diana Six, a University of Montana Professor of forest entomology and pathology and IoE affiliate, is a co-author on a newly released report titled "Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations." The report was released January 8 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).

From UM News Service: "[The report] addresses the potential for biotechnology to provide solutions for protecting forest trees from insect and pathogen outbreaks, which are increasing because of climate change and expanded global trade...Biotechnology has the potential to help mitigate threats by introducing pest-resistant traits, the report says, but research is needed to help meet challenges presented by this approach. The report identifies the ecological, economic and social implications of deploying biotechnology in forests and also develops a research agenda to address knowledge gaps about the application of the technology."

More information about the report can also be found in the official NASEM press release.

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