Story: Radiata pine

Controlling pollination

Controlling pollination

In this radiata pine orchard, tree breeder Harry Litchwark introduces pollen from a selected parent tree into a bag enclosing a female cone. The plastic bags prevent unwanted wind-carried pollen from fertilising the cones. Superior strains of radiata pine have been developed in New Zealand by carefully choosing parent trees for breeding.

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Peter Berg, 'Radiata pine - Plantations in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Peter Berg, published 24 Nov 2008