Exploring genetic variation and breeding better trees.
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.
- Chalara ash dieback resistance trials
- Genetic conservation
- Marker Aided Selection (MAS) in Sitka Spruce
- Intra and interspecific geneflow in oaks (OAKFLOW)
- Dormancy and cold hardiness in forest tree seedlings (COLDTREE)
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