Review of report on E. globulus genetics trials
- Client: Timbercorp
Review of report on E. globulus genetics trials, providing a practical interpretation of results in terms of:
- anticipated inbreeding in orchard produced improved seed
- expected transfer of trial results to operational gains
- approach to operational implementation of improved germplasm
(Under sub-contract to MBAC Consulting Group)
The decision to deploy new germplasm sources of forestry tree species requires careful consideration. Due to the very long production cycle of forest trees, the impact of germplasm deployment decisions will affect financial returns achieved in 10 to 25 years in the future. The outcome may have a positive of negative affect on cumulative long-term yield and financial returns. The client required support in the decision to introduce new germplasm lines identified though early selection into commercial plantations.
Through an understanding of the impact of age-age correlations on selection decisions, potential for inbreeding in production orchards and a rigorous approach to benchmarking genetic gain, Verterra was able to recommend a risk management strategy to hedge against potential losses but provide exposure to potential gains.
Benefit to Client:
This project assisted the client to interpret a complex technical report in terms of implications for practical field application of improved germplasm.
- Market Sector: Renewable resources - agriculture, grazing and forestry
- Forest and fodder crops
- Tree and crop improvement
- General land, water and vegetation technical services
- Location: Western Australia
- Year: 2007