Silviculture is the art and science of growing trees to meet specific management objectives. To ensure that our seedlings meet their full potential as purpose grown trees, ArborGen also has to develop the management regimes to support improved growth and yield. For example, our biotech trees build on conventional genetics. We start with the best tree we can breed, and then we add biotechnology to enhance a specific trait. But without the fundamental recipe for getting the most out of growing that seedling, including water, fertilizer, competition control and pest management, the full potential of the trait could not be realized.
ArborGen excels at finding the best management practices for growing our seedlings into strong, healthy trees. The company uses both traditional silvicultural practice and creates new management plans like our new FlexStand™ system, which enables landowners to target both traditional forest product markets as well as the emerging bioenergy market in the United States. It is this level of commitment, expertise, innovation and understanding that gives every SuperTree Seedling true added value.