Conventional Pine Seedling Technology
Using the best of our high performance trees, ArborGen has developed seed orchards to ensure that all of our Pine seedlings begin with an excellent genetic basis. Utilizing our best elite germplasm, ArborGen has grown and identified parent trees that provide fast growth, good form and great resistance to disease, stress and insects. ArborGen has designed breeding programs to combine the specific traits of our top trees to produce truly superior seedlings.
Conventional seedlings are produced using two different forms of breeding processes:
Open Pollinated (OP) Pine seedlings are produced from seed collected from trees benefiting from multiple generations of conventional tree breeding. ArborGen offers OP seedlings for Loblolly Pine, Radiata Pine, Sweetgum and Eucalyptus.
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Mass Control Pollinated (MCP) Seedlings are produced from crossing specific elite parents to generate seeds with the highest genetic potential. These seedlings offer significant productivity improvements over OP seeds. In the U.S. ArborGen is currently the only preferred provider of MCP Seedlings®. MCP seedlings are a major component of ArborGen’s product offering in New Zealand and Australia as well. The elite parents are selected on the basis of key productivity traits such as growth, form, branching and resistance to disease.