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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2010 10/C/717 UCD, (UCD SBES, NBG, Teagasc) €1,600,000

Project Title:

Forest Genetics Resources Research Programme

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Conor O'Reilly

Project Abstract

This proposal addresses the majority of the research needs as outlined as the “sector needs” in the COFORD call for proposals, in a large collaborative programme of research involving UCD, Coillte, the National Botanic Gardens, Teagasc and several experienced research consultants.  It will address tree improvement efforts in both broadleaf and conifer species through the selection and propagation of superior individuals using breeding, propagation, and storage techniques as well as developing new varieties that will improve the productivity and quality of selected species.  Methods will also be explored to stimulate flowering, predict good seed crops, deal with the impact of climate change and develop a framework for future tree breeding efforts.  Finally the programme will develop a strategy for a National Forest Tree Gene Conservation Programme.

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