The first Report on the state of applied genetics for forest conservation and sustainable trade.

Applied genetics for forest conservation and sustainable trade is only just starting to make an impact. Policy makers, government and business leaders are beginning to grasp the potential of genetics to transform how we manage forest resources and its trade.

In this report, we explain why the time is right for genetics to be applied to the timber supply chain, and the different ways that genetics can contribute to its better management.

Three main approaches are covered; population genetics, DNA fingerprinting and DNA barcoding. These approaches will improve existing initiatives like timber certification systems, Chain-of-Custody and timber tracking, new legislation, the protection of endangered species, forest health, reforestation and conservation. Real life examples and projects are presented throughout.