Tree Breeding and Forest Products - An update on current research

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Garwnant Visitor Centre
Garwnant Visitor Centre is situated just off the A470, five miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. The postcode for satellite navigation is CF48 2HU.
Telephone: 01685 373053 (for directions)

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Please see below for booking details and outline programme

The following  staff from FR will be contributing to  this event: Steve Lee, Paul McLean, Robert Matthews.

This meeting is being organised by Forest Research, Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales. It aims to be the definitive research update concerning tree breeding and wood based forest products with some of the nation’s top experts in their field. The meeting should be attractive to all members of the nursery, tree growing and sawmilling community.

On this occasion, there will be no charge for this event but advance registration is required; it is important that we can manage numbers attending, a potential reserve list, and catering. Please help us by registering promptly and then letting us know if your plans change.

Please register by contacting Alan Hunt with your name, organisation, contact details and any dietary or other requirements –

Please let us know in advance if you would like Welsh language translation services to be provided.

09:30 – 10:00  Arrive and Coffee
10:00 – 10:15  General introduction  Andy Leitch

10:15 – 13:00  Morning Session - Tree Breeding

10:15 – 10:40  Outline of work programme currently being carried out by FR in Tree Breeding - Steve Lee

10:40 – 11:00 Update on the FR tree breeding programme analysis for alternative species - Steve Lee

11:00 – 11:15  Update on Conifer (formerly called Sitka) Breeding Co-op - Mike Harvey, Maelor Forest Nurseries
11:15 – 11:30 Comfort break
11:30 – 11:55 Broadleaf Breeding by Future Trees Trust - Jo Clark

11:55 – 12:10 National Tree Improvement Strategy - Tim Rowland, Development Officer, Future Trees Trust
12:10 – 12:30  Update on tree breeding for resistance - Steve Lee

12:30 – 12:45  Progress on selection using DNA-markers- John MacKay, University of Oxford
12:45 - 13:00  Panel questions and answers

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch 
13:45 – 16:00  Afternoon Session – Tree and Wood Properties
13:45 – 14:15  Yield models - Robert Matthews

14:15 - 14:45 Overview of Timber Properties work including DSSs - Paul McLean 
14:45 – 15:00       Comfort break

15:00 – 15:15       Timber grading - Dan Ridley-Ellis (or Stephen Adams) Centre for Wood Science and Technology.

15:15 – 15:45       Alternative Species - Paul MacLean

15:45 – 16:00       Use of timber in sustainable construction - Gary Newman WoodKnowledge Wales

16:00 – 16:15       Final questions and closing remarks                16:15                     Close







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