Guide to forest reproductive material
Selection: starting with appropriate material
In any tree planting endeavour, it is essential to start with the right reproductive material. Your efforts to collect, analyse, store, propagate or improve plants will be wasted if you start with wrong or inferior material. Unfortunately, there are examples worldwide of forest regeneration programmes that have not been a success, because inadequate attention was given to starting with the right material.
This section will help you ensure that you know what background information you may need to lay a firm foundation. There are four aspects.
These four aspects are considered in the following topics.
- Putting your needs in context
- Making sure of end uses
- Selecting species and provenances
- Choosing the right kind of material