One of the big advantages of the new technology is that Production Varieties can be substantially improved for multiple traits, which results in production of more, better quality wood and capture of more carbon.
The Figures show the Production Varieities compared with open pollinated (OP) and elite control-pollinated crosses (CP) at ages 4-5.
Figure 1 shows that Production Varieities outperform planting-stock-types that are currently available for both wood stiffness and growth rate.
Figure 2 highlights the Production Varieties that have a very high disease resistance, as well as high stiffness and growth rate. Dothistroma resistance is important for many forest growers with disease prone sites.
Figure 3 highlights those Production Varieties that have a very high wood density, as well as high stiffness and growth rate. Trees with high wood density produce stronger wood and higher yields of pulpwood. In addition, denser wood means higher carbon capture.