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Assessing the adoption and impact of genomics research at the Canadian Forest Service

Publication: The Forestry Chronicle
14 July 2017

Abstract

The outcomes and impacts of government scientific research are difficult to evaluate, yet there is a growing demand for quantification of these impacts. Forest and forestry-related research is no exception. We adapted an impact assessment methodology for the evaluation of eleven ongoing forestry-related genomics projects within the Canadian Forest Service. The assessment made use of two tools, a Desktop Analysis and a more comprehensive Project Review survey. Results of the assessments indicate that much of the research contributes to the fundamental knowledge of Canadian forests, but also produces short-term technological benefits, including enhanced methodologies for the protection of Canadian forests from invasive species. A full report is available at: https://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications?id=38253 (English) and https://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications?id=38254 (French).

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Bien qu’on cherche de plus en plus à connaître les résultats et l’effet de la recherche effectuée par les gouvernements, il demeure difficile de mesurer ses effets. La recherche dans le domaine forestier ne fait pas exception à la règle. Nous nous sommes inspirés d’une méthodologie d’étude d’impacts pour évaluer onze projets de génomique forestière en cours au Service canadien des Forêts. Nous avons utilisé deux techniques pour réaliser cette évaluation, soit une analyse par ordinateur et une étude exhaustive des revues de projets. Cette évaluation montre qu’une grande partie des travaux de recherche permet de mieux connaître les forêts canadiennes et a également des retombées technologiques à court terme comme de meilleures méthodes pour protéger les forêts canadiennes contre les espèces envahissantes. On peut lire le texte intégral du rapport aux adresses suivantes : https://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications?id=38253 (anglais) et https://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications?id=38254 (Français).

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cover image The Forestry Chronicle
The Forestry Chronicle
Volume 93Number 02June 2017
Pages: 118 - 121

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Published online: 14 July 2017

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Key Words

  1. adoption and impact
  2. forest genomics
  3. scientific research outputs

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  1. adoption et impact
  2. génomique forestière
  3. résultats de la recherche forestière

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Emily S. Hope Emily.hope@Canada.ca
Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, P6A 2E5
Debby C. Barsi
Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0E4; current affiliation: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0C5
Daniel W. McKenney
Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, P6A 2E5

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