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NORTHERN CONIFERS IN FAST GROWING CONDITIONS. A STEP TOWARDS AN ADEQUATE WOOD SUPPLY FOR INDUSTRY

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Association Forêt-Cellulose (AFOCEL)
Address
Domaine De L'etancon
77370 Nangis
France

Participants (10)

Association pour la Rationalisation et la Mécanisation de l'Exploitation Forestière (ARMEF)
France
Address
30 Boulevard Foch
77300 Fontainebleau
COILLTE TEORANTA
Ireland
Address
Bray
Wicklow
Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (CEMAGREF)
France
Address
Domaine Des Barres
45290 Nogent-sur-vernisson
DEPT. BOTANY DENDROLOGY AND FOREST GENETICS
Denmark
Address
Kirkegaarosvej 3A
2970 Hoersholm
FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
United Kingdom
Address
Northern Research Station
EH25 9SY Roslin-midlothian
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
Rue De La Pomme De Pin Ardon
45160 Oliver
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
Centre De Recherche De Nancy Champenoux
54280 Seichamps
MINISTERE DE LA REGION WALLONNE
Belgium
Address
Avenue Marechal Juin 23
5030 Gembloux
Niedersächsische Forstliche Versuchsanstalt
Germany
Address
Forstamtstraße 6
34355 Staufenberg-escherod
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place Croix Du Sud 2 Bp 4
1348 Louvain-la-neuve