Pine Varietal Technology
In a typical stand, only a very small per cent of trees combine all of the ideal traits preferred by growers and customers. These elite Pine trees are more likely to produce offspring that will exhibit similar ideal traits. However, not all seeds from an elite Pine tree will produce trees similar to the parent. This is where ArborGen makes a difference. Part of our unique expertise is in our ability to identify and cultivate elite Pine trees that express the best combination of traits and then producing these trees for our customers through our proprietary production technology.
Pine Varietals are produced by exactly replicating specifically selected single trees with the highest growth performance and best quality characteristics utilizing the process of somatic embryogenesis or vegetative propagation. These processes allow ArborGen to produce millions of genetically identical Varietal seedlings. The uniformity and productivity benefits from Varietals create significant value for landowners. Customers can choose Varietals with improved productivity, straightness and branching characteristics that will optimize the value of their land. Our portfolio of Varietals consists of Loblolly Pine in the U.S.and Radiata Pine in New Zealand.