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This project aims to enable future selection of trees to be based on breeding values estimated on the presence or absence of DNA-markers identified in the laboratory.
Forestry Commission policy
Marker Aided Selection is a high-tech tool which will potentially speed up the accuracy and process associated with tree breeding. It is currently not operational but once developed could be used to replace extensive and expensive field-based genetic trials. To this end it meets the forestry objectives of England, Scotland and Wales each of whom seek to increase the value of their plantations and woodlands by establishing well adapted, good quality planting stock. Whether the new technology proves to be cost-effective and replace traditional methods on a practical scale remains to be seen meantime.
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