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This project aims to improve the genetic quality of planting stock for key commercial coniferous species
The main output of this Programme is populations of improved individuals according to the traits under selection.
The forest industry has access to these improved individuals
Forestry Commission policy
Forest policy documents for Scotland, England and Wales all include the need for truly sustainable production of quality timber to satisfy their existing and expanding timber-utilisation markets. This is particularly so in Scotland where most conifers are planted and timber production is a ‘Key Theme’ of the Scottish Forestry Strategy. In all countries the additional productivity offered by improved planting stock enables more land to be given over to activities satisfying more diverse objectives whilst still meeting previous market requirements. Further, the skills being developed into DNA-technologies can be adapted to help select trees resistant to future-disease in a faster, more efficient manner.
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