Council Position Papers

Position Paper – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

GMO Definition
2001.11.15

GMO, or genetically modified organism, refers to an organism that, through human intervention in a laboratory, has had its genome, or genetic code, deliberately altered through the mechanical insertion of a specific identified sequence of genetic coding material (generally DNA) that has been either manufactured or physically excised from the genome of another organism. Genetic modification may be used to alter any of a wide range of traits, including insect and disease resistance, herbicide tolerance, tissue composition, and growth rate.

Current Practice

Tree Improvement in Alberta

Program development generally involves the following sequence, but programs vary considerably in intensity, speed, size and complexity.