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Our research aims to increase the quality of commercially grown species and to ensure that stock of the most appropriate genetic origin is used in forest establishment. We are utilising new methods in biotechnology to deliver the products of its tree breeding to the industry and an appreciation of underlying genetic structures to policy-makers.

The development of genetically modified (GM) trees is not an objective of the Forestry Commission.

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50 years of tree breeding in Britain

A summary of the developments and achievements in tree improvement in Britain in the first 50 years. This guide was written in the late 1990s.

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