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Tree improvement

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.

About this research, its background and objectives, underlying Forestry Commission policy and our statutory work

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For further information contact:

Dr Steve Lee

What's of interest

Other research programmes

  • Ash trees for the future (FRAXIGEN)
  • European forest genomics network (GENOSILVA)
  • Genetic improvement of broadleaved species
  • Realising ash’s potential (RAP)
  • Statutory work on Forest Reproductive Material Regulations

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