Story: Forestry research

Open pine cone

Open pine cone

A radiata pine cone splits open in the summer heat, exposing its seeds. Selecting seeds from trees with desirable characteristics is one way to improve the quality of plantation forests. Scientists began working on this in the 1950s, and the first radiata pine seed orchards were established that decade.

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Margaret Richardson, 'Forestry research - Growing better trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Margaret Richardson, published 24 Nov 2008