Our research nursery provides a range of specialist services and expertise to commercial forest growers.
We work alongside geneticists from Scion and other research organisations, and New Zealand tree breeders, to support their genetic improvement programmes and grow and supply genetically improved tree stocks at a commercial scale. Our work includes:
- supporting advanced tree breeding programmes for radiata pine and other commercial forest species
- developing and using innovative propagation technologies
- mass producing genetically improved tree stocks for forest growers
- transferring expertise from tissue culture to the nursery and into the forest.
The 10 hectare nursery in Rotorua has shade houses, controlled climate propagation facilities, commercial bare-root operations and a large purpose-built container-growing operation. The specialist container-growing facility can on-grow 700,000 seedlings a year.