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Trees selected under the programme Selection and testing of conifers are grafted in nurseries prior to planting on site in clonal archives around the country, or in high facility ployhouses. Trees in archives are cross pollinated under controlled conditions to further the breeding programme and the production of selected planting stock.
The programme involves all work involving grafting, pollinations, clonal archive management, and storage of conifer seed and pollen. The progamme also includes work into all aspects of clonal forestry which seeks to improve the rate and quality of improved material reaching the industry.
This research is funded by the Forestry Commission Tree Breeding for the Future programme and receives guidence from the Improving Conifer Timber Quality Steering Group.
European contracts have included:
This programme remains one of the core elements of the ‘economic’ pillar contributing to sustainable forest management as describe in the UK Forestry Standard (2004). The objective of economic and efficient timber production, of which this programme is key, remains an important element of the Forestry Strategies of England, Scotland and Wales.
This programme is continuous and has been running for a number of years.
Annual Summary of Research (2003-4)
It’s a Family Affair:
‘Full-sib’ families are a new generation of improved Sitka spruce planting stock.
Article from Forestry & British Timber (Dec 2006) by Steve Lee, Forest Research Programme Group Manager for Genetic Improvement research programme.
It’s a Family Affair (PDF-398K)
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