©2019 by the Forest Biotech Group

30 Years of Research Innovations in Forest Biotechnology

Founded in 1988, the Forest Biotech Group (FBG) is dedicated to research innovations in forest biotechnology and molecular genetics of tree metabolism to improve growth, development, and defense against biotic and abiotic stresses. The FBG is based in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, and continues to provide advanced innovations in forest and wood biotechnology.

Research Philosophy

Superior Forestry

Forest trees are essential to the ecosystem and constitute a major renewable resource for the bio-economy. Innovations in forest and wood biotechnology could lead to improved resilience to invasive pests and pathogens, re-forestation of marginal land, adaptation to climate change, and sustainable production of bioenergy and biomaterials.

 

Our research goal is the domestication of forest trees for conservation and productivity, through a systems-level understanding of tree metabolism and advanced molecular genetics. The molecular and genetic processes that regulate wood formation and tree defense are sufficiently complex to preclude the prediction of genetic modification or genomic breeding, without an integrative systems-level analysis. Therefore, a major focus of our research is an integrative systems approach to understand how tree growth and development is influenced by the forest’s abiotic and biotic components.

Recent Publications

Quantitative fermentation of unpretreated transgenic poplar by Caldicellulosiruptor bescii

Nature Communications

2019

 
Latest News

Celebrating groundbreaking

at the NCSU Plant Sciences

Building

Raleigh, NC

September 2019
 

FBG co-organized

the IUFRO 2019 Tree Biotechnology Meeting

Raleigh, NC

June 2019
 

FBG research on

hierarchical TRN in wood formation made Cover Story on The Plant Cell

April 2019


 

Transcription factor network gets to heart of wood formation

 

FBG research highlighted on Science Daily

March 2019


 

FBG alumni Dr. Hao Chen recognized by Plant Cell Author Profiles for research on wood formation TRN

February 2019


 

FBG co-organized the International Symposium on Forest Tree Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

June 2018

Harbin, China 

FBG research on lignin made

Top Story on SCIENCE 360

National Science Foundation's

Research Digest

May 2018


 

FBG faculty Prof. Jack Wang received Third Place Award at the Marcus Wallenberg Prize Symposium for Young Researchers

November 2017

Stockholm, Sweden 

FBG founder Prof. Ron Sederoff awarded 2017 Marcus Wallenberg Prize from King of Sweden

November 2017

Stockholm, Sweden 

Contact Us

Forest Biotech Group

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University

2500 Partners II Bldg

840 Main Campus Dr

Raleigh, NC 27518-7247

USA

+1 919-515-9608