A combination of superior growth, disease resistance and desired wood quality of clones for deployment will increase the global competitiveness of our members. Determining the wood quality of selected genotypes for deployment will be crucial to match specific clones to the end-product quality. The aim is to produce more wood with targeted characteristics more efficiently on less land. We are investigating different genetic and environmental effects on wood properties, as well as developing rapid and cost efficient wood quality screening methods to use in tree improvement.
Current research includes evaluating 3rd cycle families for wood quality, evaluating Inbreeding studies and recent grants for evaluating families for Bioenergy and Climate Change situations.