Application of Genetic Engineering for Forest Tree Species

  • Saori Endo
  • Etsuko Matsunaga
  • Keiko Yamada-Watanabe
  • Hiroyasu Ebinuma


Forest tree species are the most important component of the earth’s biomass and have important ecological and economical roles. In addition to those mechanisms, they are able to neutralize toxic substances, including CO2 and other air pollutants, that pose a serious threat to human life and the ecosystem. They also have important role in environmental protection. The evolutionary survival of forest areas is an important aspect of environmental protection concerns. However, in near future, natural forest areas will in turn decline because the rapidly increasing global population will require more land devoted to agriculture to support the demand for increased food production. Moreover, forest areas for plantations will be limited to those highly unfavorable environments that pose various forms of stress, including drought, mineral deficiency, acidity, and increased air pollutants concentration on the trees. For the survival of forest trees, genotypes that have the ability to grow under unfavorable environments will be essential.


Transgenic Plant Hairy Root Glutathione Reductase Active Oxygen Species Forest Tree Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saori Endo
    • 1
  • Etsuko Matsunaga
    • 1
  • Keiko Yamada-Watanabe
    • 1
  • Hiroyasu Ebinuma
    • 1
  1. 1.Pulp and Paper Research LaboratoryNippon Paper Industries Co., LTDKita-ku, TokyoJapan

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