Forest Reproductive Material is a term used for the seeds, cones, cuttings and planting stock used in forest establishment. The genetic quality of reproductive material is of key importance to the success of a forest stand as it has a major influence in determining its adaptability, growth and wood quality.
Choosing the right seed source is one of the most important aspects of forest establishment. It can have huge implications for the early growth and survival of a plantation, and in later years on its productivity and wood quality. If […]
Tree improvement, or as it is often referred to as genetic improvement, is the process of improving the genetic quality of a tree species. Our forest trees are still genetically close to their wild state in their natural range. However, […]
The main organisations involved in the development and management of forest genetic resources are: The Department of Agriculture (Forest Service and Coford), Coillte, Teagasc and UCD. The Forest Service has the main role in the regulation of the sector while […]
Transplants for the planting of new forests and the restocking of harvested areas in existing forests are grown in forest nurseries. Today some 40 million transplants are required for the annual planting programme and most of these are produced in […]