Biosafety of Forest Transgenic Trees

Improving the Scientific Basis for Safe Tree Development and Implementation of EU Policy Directives

  • Cristina Vettori
  • Fernando Gallardo
  • Hely Häggman
  • Vassiliki Kazana
  • Fabio Migliacci
  • Gilles Pilate
  • Matthias Fladung

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 82)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cristina Vettori, Matthias Fladung
    Pages 1-7
  3. Biological Characterization of Genetically Modified Trees (GMTs)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Hely Häggman, Suvi Sutela, Matthias Fladung
      Pages 11-29
    3. Nuria Alburquerque, Fabien Baldacci-Cresp, Marie Baucher, Josep M. Casacuberta, Cécile Collonnier, Mondher El Jaziri et al.
      Pages 31-66
    4. G. Pilate, I. Allona, W. Boerjan, A. Déjardin, M. Fladung, F. Gallardo et al.
      Pages 67-100
  4. Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring of GMTs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Marja K. Ruohonen-Lehto, Katileena M. M. Lohtander, Jeremy B. Sweet
      Pages 127-140
    3. Debora C. M. Glandorf, Didier Breyer
      Pages 141-154
    4. Fernando Gallardo, Conchi Sánchez, Marcin Grabowski, Juan Jesús Molina-Rueda, Nieves Vidal, Matthias Fladung
      Pages 155-172
    5. Stefano Biricolti, Detlef Bartsch, Wout Boerjan, Matthias Fladung, Debora C.M. Glandorf, Jeremy Sweet et al.
      Pages 195-205
  5. Socio-economic Considerations for GM Forest Trees

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Vassiliki Kazana, Lambros Tsourgiannis, Valasia Iakovoglou, Christos Stamatiou, Angelos Kazaklis, Paraskevi Koutsona et al.
      Pages 209-221
    3. Vassiliki Kazana, Lambros Tsourgiannis, Valasia Iakovoglou, Christos Stamatiou, Alexander Alexandrov, Susana Araújo et al.
      Pages 223-244
    4. Detlef Bartsch, Achim Gathmann, Valasia Iakovoglou, Jeremy Sweet
      Pages 263-271
  6. Value Communication in the Field of GM Trees

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Guido Nicolosi
      Pages 275-299
    3. Fabio Migliacci, Donatella Paffetti, Jeremy Sweet, Cristina Vettori
      Pages 301-321
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-337

About this book


This book provides up-to-date information on the environmental impact of transgenic trees on genetically modified tree (GMT) communication strategy. It is useful to public/private organisations as well as to private and public research bodies and universities worldwide since it reports on the global status of GMT research and policy. A high number of genetically modified trees (GMTs) with altered or novel characteristics have been produced in the last 15 years. However, their very low public acceptance is a basic problem in their commercialization. Breeders anticipate economic and ecological benefits, like reduced product costs and less pressure on native forests, while opponents fear risks, such as unintended spread of GMTs. But what is true? To answer this question, the COST Action FP0905 focused on key aspects related to GMTs: (a) biological characterization; (b) assessment of possible environmental impacts; (c) socio-economic implications and public acceptance/concerns; (d) providing science-based information to communicate with the public.


Biosafety EU Policy Safe Tree Development Transgenic Trees

Editors and affiliations

  • Cristina Vettori
    • 1
  • Fernando Gallardo
    • 2
  • Hely Häggman
    • 3
  • Vassiliki Kazana
    • 4
  • Fabio Migliacci
    • 5
  • Gilles Pilate
    • 6
  • Matthias Fladung
    • 7
  1. 1.Inst.of Biosci. and Biores.(IBBR)-UOS FlNational Research Council (CNR)Sesto FiorentinoItaly
  2. BiologíaMol.y BioquímicaFacultadUniversidad de MálagaMalagaSpain
  3. 3.Dept. of Genetics and physiologyUniv of OuluOuluFinland
  4. 4.Department of Forestry & Natural EnvironEastern Macedonia & Thrace Inst of Tech.DramaGreece
  5. 5.National Research Council (CNR)Inst. of Chem.of Organometallic Comp(ICCSesto FiorentinoItaly
  6. 6.Inst.Nati. de laRechercheAgronomique(INRUR0588,Amélioration,Génétique et Phys. FOrleansFrance
  7. 7.Thuenen-Institute of Forest GeneticsGroßhansdorfGermany

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