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Bloom’n birches

Published: 26 April 2021
Birch catkins

Spring has sprung! Skogforsk’s annual pollen harvest has started, and I managed to go and spend a day learning about it.

Mateusz Liziniewicz has some helping hands for this extra work, who were willing to share their knowledge for an afternoon.  The work involves separating the male and female catkins (similar to cones or flowers) to later be crossed together to produce offspring.  Mateusz decides which trees to cross; usually each plus-tree is used two or more times depending on their breeding values.  With COVID preventing the usual supervisor meetups, it was nice to attend a small educational activity with very few people and large outdoor distances (or masks).

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