Future prospects and challenges for European forestry

Tree nursery

Tree nursery

Vegetative propagation is a method that multiplies desired genotypes and allows the gain that is achieved during breeding be put into commercial use quickly. The use of vegetative propagation in forestry is the fastest, the most flexible and effective way to produce enough genetically improved material to meet future wood demands. For large scale commercial use vegetative propagation especially root cuttings and somatic embryogenesis are the only promising methods. Lelu-Walter et. al. 2013 have discussed types of vegetative propagation their benefits, challenges, integration into breeding programmes and future strategies with special focus on European forestry, in their review published in Tree Genetics and Genomes (click the links to read more).

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