World-first Australian research breakthrough to deliver strong ROI

World-first Australian research breakthrough to deliver strong ROI

18th February 2018

Foresters to predict eucalyptus’ traits by DNA-testing a single seedling leaf – and profit

Australian researchers have developed a world-leading genetic DNA testing system that can predict key commercial attributes of an adult eucalyptus tree from a single seedling leaf, and provide a strong return on investment to forest growers.

With research funding from Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and industry to validate the technology, this breakthrough could enable foresters to dramatically reduce the breeding cycle of Eucalyptus globulus (blue gum) and Eucalytpus nitens (shining gum) trees, significantly speeding up improvements to log quality.

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