Scientific Summaries


Scientific Summary 152 in IUFRO News Vol. 47, Issue 10/11, early November 2018

The 5th International Conference of IUFRO's Working Party on Somatic Embryogenesis and Other Vegetative Propagation Technologies focused on "Clonal Trees in the Bioeconomy Age: Opportunities and Challenges".

Vegetative Propagation of Trees for Complementing Seed-based Strategies

Forests are a considerable source of biomass, wood and other products. Their rational management is therefore a key component of the "green economy" on the way towards a more efficient and sustainable use of resources.

Forest regeneration is mostly achieved through seed-based propagation of wild or improved varieties. However, seed production is a critical and long process that can be severely impacted by environmental stresses, especially those associated with climate change.

Efficient and flexible reproduction strategies based on clonal propagation may therefore become more essential for plantation forestry and conservation of genetic resources.

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