How DNA Testing Could Fell the Illegal Timber Trade

DNA testing helps track where trees came from, helping cut down on illegal logging.

How DNA Testing Could Fell the Illegal Timber Trade
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Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago


Jean Y.
Jean Y.5 years ago

@Gloria It's not actually expensive. For the service shown in the video it's about 75 CENTS per meter cubed for the DNA portion of the service. It also comes with a full verification of the legality including ensuring that indigenous people have been paid their licence fees. That costs about $250 per container of product which is worth about $45,000.

We're also developing spot checks and implementing screening programmes. We hope that with less than two more years of R&D we can make it so cheap and ubiquitous that we can lock out illegal timber products from legitimate supply chains.

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Heather M
Heather Marv5 years ago

This is great news for the protection of our forests. Modern Science being used to save forests Ye.

Christeen Anderson
Christeen A5 years ago

Yea. Whatever works.

Winnie Rosaline
Winnie Rosaline5 years ago

Always amazed by DNA testing... it's really awesome.

Tim U.
Tim Upham5 years ago

I do not think we know how destructive the illegal timber trade is, hopefully this testing can bring it under control.

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

Agree with Dianne - there will have to be some muscle in the follow up or it'll be thought a joke.

Dianne D.
Dianne D5 years ago

Do it - as long as you are willing to prosecute.

Chris C.
Chris C5 years ago

Sounds like a great idea to me. And, we all need to recycle - especially easy is recycling paper. I see SO MUCH WASTE!

Mary K.
Mary K5 years ago

Would you believe they are adding a growing medium to saplings for faster growth, faster harvest. Not good at all. The practice started, as far as we can find out, about 40 years ago. Lumber now warps readily because the tree doesn't have the time to mature as it should. Buy more nails/screws.