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Project Title: The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health

PIN: DELS-BANR-16-02         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Laney, Kara N.

Subject/Focus Area:
Agriculture; Biology and Life Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies

First Meeting of The Committee on The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health
December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Jenna Briscoe


View Video Recordings Here

OPEN SESSION - December 1, 2017

10:30 am Welcome and Introductions

- Susan Offutt, Committee Chair

10:45 am Sponsor Presentations

10:45 am U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

- Michael Goergen, Vice President, Innovation and Director, P3Nano

11:10 am U.S. Department of Agriculture–Forest Service

- Carlos Rodriguez Franco, Deputy Chief, Research and Development

11:35 am U.S. Department of Agriculture–Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

- Susan Koehler, Intergovernmental Agricultural Biotechnology Liaison

12:00 pm Environmental Protection Agency

- John Kough, Senior Scientist, Office of Pesticide Programs, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division

12:25 pm Lunch

1:30 pm U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service

- Kevin Hackett, Senior National Program Leader, Crop Entomology

1:55 pm U.S. Department of Agriculture–National Institute of Food and Agriculture

- Timothy Conner, Director, Division of Bioenergy

2:20 pm General Committee Discussion with Sponsors

2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm Public Attitudes and Philosophical Perspectives on the Use of Biotechnology to Address Forest Health

- Evelyn Brister, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

3:30 pm Why Biotech Solutions are Needed to Address Forest Health

- Steve Strauss, Professor, Oregon State University

4:00 pm Threats to and Efforts to Protect Acacia Koa in Hawaii

- Dulal Borthakur, Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

4:30 pm How a Single Gene May Help Save the American Chestnut

- William A. Powell, Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

5:00 pm General Committee Discussion with Speakers

5:30 pm Public Comment

6:00 pm Adjourn Open Session

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Susan Offutt
Vikram Chhatre
Jason Delborne
Stephen DiFazio
Doria Gordon
Ines Ibanez
Gregory Jaffe
Mark Needham
Clare Palmer
Jeanne Romero-Severson
Ronald Sederoff
Diana Six

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Case studies
Information-gathering needs
Committee composition

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: December 21, 2017