Conifer Genetics and Tree Improvement Webinar Series

A free five part webinar series is being offered for Christmas tree and nursery growers that will  discuss the elements of conifer genetic improvement. 

Understanding genetics and tree improvement is critical to the success of your Christmas tree farm, whether know it or not.  From selecting the right species for your site to starting your own seed orchard, tree genetics impact your operation every day. 

In this five part webinar series, leading Christmas tree scientists will present an in-depth discussion of the critical elements of Christmas tree improvement and how genetic selection can improve the growth, health and quality of your crops and make your farm more profitable.

Webinar schedule:

Feb. 1:
The Tree Improvement Process: Selection, Testing & Breeding

Feb. 8:
Capturing Genetic Gain: Seed collection zones & Seed orchards 

Feb 15:
Tree Improvement Techniques: Grafting, Controlled-pollination & Tissue culture

Feb. 22:
Tree Improvement Case Studies from around the country and around the world 

March 1:
Future Issues: Genetic Engineering and Genomics of Fir Species

All programs run 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time


Rick Bates – Penn State University

Gary Chastagner – Washington State University

Bert Cregg – Michigan State University

John Frampton – North Carolina State University 

Chal Landgren – Oregon State University

Lilian Matallana – North Carolina State University

Jim Rockis,  Reliable Source – Seeds and Transplants

Ulrik Bräuner Nielsen – University of Copenhagen

There is no charge for the program but registration is required. To register – 

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