Conclusion

Clonal testing is viewed as an ongoing endeavor linked to the ongoing advancement of the conventional breeding program, and leading to continuous improvement of the reforestation clonal mix through time. We anticipate that in the future genetic transformation of selected clones at the ESM stage, using gene constructs controlling, e.g., wood properties or disease resistance, will further enhance genetic value. This integrated approach to improvement of forest crops, if sustained through prudent investment on existing commercial forest lands, will have a major impact on the industry's ability to meet demand for forest products in the next century.

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