infected and destroyed 17.5 million hectares of trees. 1.5 times the
size of Indiana.
Tackle this local and international problem
natural chemicals secreted by trees
Goal: produce these chemicals in yeast and bacteria. To help trees
Now I know some of you are thinking, well these beetles are part of nature. So what’s
Normally, these beetles grow and get killed off during cold
winters. However, within the past decade, we haven’t experienced any cold
winters. These beetles (and their offspring) have been able to grow for an
exceptionally long time.
trees that the beetles are infecting are important for lumber, feedstock,
The forestry industry brings in 4 billion dollars of revenue
Let’s look at how far it’s spread. We are
in BC. This is really where it originated. Now it’s spread into the US all across the west coast.
all of a sudden, it’s become an international problem.
of the reason we chose was issue was to help raise awareness about this
This is a
video showing the spread of the beetles within BC.
this affect us?
– The forestry industry brings in about 4 billion dollars in revenue. This is a
huge part of the our economy.
– Trees are habitats for entire ecosystems.
– 14% of the entire work force in BC is in this industry.
Explain metabolic pathway. The modified gene - increases ratio that makes the formation of our product more favorable. Instead of 25/75 GPP, we get 75/25 GPP.