The project is focused :
- On four conifers species that are already essential for industry supply and are expected to spread in plantation in northern EEC for the future : Norway spruce, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, larches.
- To productive sites, active silvicultural techniques and short rotation in order to have attractive economic conditions.
The detailed programme of the project has been built mostly to complete research work generally conducted by species. It is divided in five interrelated tasks.
1. Breeding and selection : early tests for growth and wood quality, and introduction of new genetic material.
2. Plants and seeds production : indoor seed-orchards, biotechnology tools, nursery techniques (essentially bulk propagation), physiological quality of plants.
3. Silviculture : ecological requirements, spacing and thinning demonstration plots, harvesting especially mechanisation.
4. Consequences of breeding and silviculture on wood quality and on ecosystems.
5. Cost benefits analysis : this will be done in some different scenarios, as a synthesis of the project.
The expected results of the project are :
- To get new methodological tools - applicable to different species and countries : this is mainly the case for early test, physiology of plants .
- To characterise in different conditions of silviculture, the level and planning of investment, the volume and technological characteristic of the products and other impacts (ecological especially).
- To increase collaboration between EEC countries while completing existing EEC research programmes for their main gap in order to promote cost-advantage analysis of these production towards extension services.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EH25 9SY Roslin-midlothian