Genetically Modified Organisms

Last Review/Updated: Dec. 10, 2001

Alberta Forest Genetic Resources Council – Position Paper

Position Paper – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

GMO Definition
Alberta Forest Genetic Resources Council

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

No GMO trees have been planted in operational forest plantations on Crown lands in Alberta.

Council Position on GMO Trees