forests

Can genetic engineering save disappearing forests?

Can genetic engineering save disappearing forests?

Compared to gene-edited babies in China and ambitious projects to rescue woolly mammoths from extinction, biotech trees might sound pretty tame. But releasing genetically engineered trees into forests to counter threats to forest health represents a new frontier in biotechnology.

The state of US forests: Six questions answered

The state of US forests: Six questions answered

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, catalyzed a wave of laws to protect the environment and natural resources. Here Thomas Straka, a professor of forest economics and management and former industrial forester, answers questions about the current state of U.S. forests.

More CO2 won’t help northern forests or stave off climate change

More CO2 won’t help northern forests or stave off climate change

Climate change not only affects humans but also the world's forests. Is it possible that trees grow more quick when with milder winters and a longer growing season? Or will the drought cause  regression of our global woodlands?