Forest Reproductive Material: An Overview


Forestry Department
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Forest Genetic Resources Working Papers

By

Alan Marcus James Robbins
July 2003

Forest Resources Development Service
Forest Resources Division
Forestry Department

Working Paper FGR/72E
FAO, Rome, Italy

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Disclaimer

Quantitative information regarding the status of forest resources has been compiled according to sources, methodologies and protocols identified and selected by the author. For standardized methodologies and assessments on forest resources, please refer to FAO, 2001. State of the World's Forests 2001; and to FAO, 2001. Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000). FAO Forestry Paper No 140. Official information can also be found at the FAO Internet site: http://www.fao.org/forestry/Forestry.asp. Updated informaton on this subject can be found at the FAO Forest Genetic Resources Web site.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

For further information please contact:

Pierre Sigaud, Forestry Officer (Forest Genetic Resources)
Forest Resources Division
Forestry Department
FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
Fax: + 39 06 570 55 137
Email: Pierre.Sigaud@fao.org

FAO 2003


TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 What is forest reproductive material?
1.2 Identifying your needs
1.3 A checklist summary
1.4 The scientific base

2. SELECTION: STARTING WITH APPROPRIATE MATERIAL

2.1 Putting your needs in context
2.2 Making sure of end uses
2.3 Selecting species and provenances
2.4 Choosing the right kind of material

3. PROCUREMENT: GETTING THE RIGHT QUANTITY AND QUALITY

3.1 Organising and collecting
3.2 Buying and selling
3.3 Handling and analysing

4. PROPAGATION: GETTING THE BEST FROM THE MATERIAL

4.1 Propagation in nurseries
4.2 Regeneration in the field
4.3 Specialised propagation

5. IMPROVEMENT: ENHANCING QUALITY AND QUALITY

5.1 Conserving desirable sources
5.2 Improving genetic quality
5.3 Sustaining production

6 POLICY, SOCIAL & OTHER MATTERS: COOPERATING TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

6.1 Regulating and applying standards
6.2 Understanding current issues
6.3 Management and participation
6.4 Valuing benefits

7. FINDING OUT MORE: BUILDING ON EXISTING KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE


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