2.09.01 - Seed orchards




A IUFRO Seed Orchard Conference will be held between September 4-6, 2017 in Bålsta, Sweden. The goal of this conference is to provide the opportunity to exchange scientific advances related to forest tree seed orchards and their integration in the forestry practice. These include links between seed orchards and long-term tree breeding; seed orchard design and management; forest pathology in relation to seed production, seed testing and storage; seed physiology and technology; forest economics; gene conservation; and interaction of seed orchards with related disciplines.


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Kyu-Suk Kang, Korea (Rep)


Nebi Bilir, Turkey

Tomas Funda, Sweden

About Unit

The main objective of this Working Party on "Seed Orchards" is to facilitate exchange of information on the research and progress of seed orchards and seed crops. Seed orchards are the link between research and breeding towards better forests, and better forests help in solving future problems of the World, like shortage of raw materials, energy, climate changing and sustainability. Scientific research for improving seed orchards and discussion for sharing experiences and progress are keys to that goal. This research unit draws together those interested in research and management strategies concerning genetics of seed orchard, management of seed production, flowering, seed physiology and technology, injuries and protection, economics, seed dormancy, testing and storage; impact on seed orchards, ecosystems on landscapes and national level, and conservation.

State of Knowledge

Seed orchards are in much of the world the main supplier of forest generation material, and the use of seed orchard seed as well as their quality is continuously rising. The genetic gain from seed orchards is increasing, and much accumulated knowledge becomes available.  So the reason for having an IUFRO Unit focusing on seed orchards seems to be increasing! Thus we started efforts to get an IUFRO working party on seed orchards. After a long process, this 'Seed Orchards' Working Party was finally inaugurated in October 2008. The history of this WP and more related information can be found on: http://daglindgren.upsc.se/SeedOrchardWP/.  

Activities and events Unit 2.09.01

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Seed Orchards - The Key to Sustainable Bio-Economy Bålsta, Sweden

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