Christmas Tree Genetics and Tree Improvement Webinar Series

Date: February 1, 2017 - March 1, 2017
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Contact: Bert Cregg,, 517-353-0335


Understanding genetics and tree improvement is critical to the success of your Christmas tree farm, whether you know it or not. From selecting the right species for your site to starting your own seed orchard, tree genetics impact your operation every day. 
In this five-part webinar series, leading Christmas tree scientists from throughout the U.S. will present an in-depth discussion of the critical elements of Christmas tree improvement and how genetic selection can improve the growth, health and quality of your trees and make your farm more profitable.


  • Rick Bates - Penn State University
  • Gary Chastagner - Washington State University
  • Bert Cregg - Michigan State University
  • John Frampton – North Carolina State University
  • Chal Landgren – Oregon State University

Webinar Schedule:

  • Feb. 1: The Tree Improvement Process, Selection, Testing & Breeding
  • Feb. 8: Capturing Genetic Gain: Seed collection zones & Seed Orchards
  • Feb 15: Tree Improvement Techniques: Grafting, Controlled-pollination &Tissue culture
  • Feb. 22: Tree Improvement Case Studies from around the country and around the world
  • March 1: Future Issues: Genetic Engineering and Genomics of Fir Species

All programs run 1-2 p.m.



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