Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms, Volume 2

OECD Consensus Documents

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These OECD Biosafety Consensus Documents identify elements of scientific information used in the environmental safety and risk assessment of transgenic organisms which are common to OECD member countries.  This is intended to encourage information sharing and prevent duplication of effort among countries. This book offers ready access to those consensus documents which have been published thus far. As such, it should be of value to applicants for commercial uses of transgenic crops, regulators in national authorities as well as the wider scientific community. More information on the OECD's work related to the biosafety of transgenic organisms is found at BioTrack Online (http://www.oecd.org/biotrack).


Section 1 - Eastern White Pine (PINUS STROBUS L.)

This consensus document addresses the biology of Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus L.), referred to hereafter simply as Eastern White Pine (pin blanc in French Canada). Eastern White Pine is one of the most valuable tree species in eastern North America where its easily machined, uniform-textured wood is unsurpassed for doors, windows, panelling, mouldings and cabinet work (Mullins and McKnight, 1981; Farrar, 1995). The species played a major role in the settlement and economic development of New England and the Atlantic Provinces as England reserved all large Eastern White Pine suitable for masts under the "Broad Arrow" policy, starting in the late 1600's (Johnson, 1986). Eastern White Pine also responds well to nursery culture and is commonly used for reforestation, urban forestry and Christmas tree plantations.


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