Marty Luckert, Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University Alberta, present a seminar on Thursday, 9 February at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
Abstract: The future of the Canadian forest products industry depends heavily on what role it will play in a world market that is transitioning rapidly from harvesting old growth forests to harvesting plantations. Moreover, future competitiveness will depend on technological advances for producing non-traditional products from forest biomass such as biofuels. Genomics science has the potential to improve the economic potential of poplar plantations for use in traditional products and biofuels. In addition to being influenced by technological impacts, the economic potential for poplar plantations in Canada will depend on: financial returns to poplar plantations as they compete for land at multiple scales, government policies, and public perceptions. As part of a current Genome Canada project, an ambitious social science research programme has been structured around these influencing factors. This presentation will describe the various investigations that are underway, and that will occur, as we seek to better understand the future roles that poplar plantations may play in Canada’s forest product industry