A XYLOBIOTECH sunspace has been rented to a forest nursery for acclimatization of in vitro plants from two Eucalyptus varieties (FCBA-208, FCBA-645) propagated by an SME from New Aquitania.
FCBA is contributing for years to the development of a deployment chain of Eucalyptus varieties adapted for plantation forestry in South-West France in close collaboration with forest cooperatives. For the 2016-2017 campaign, ca. 8000 plants from two released commercial varieties (FCBA-208, FCBA-645) propagated by an SME from New Aquitania have been acclimatized in the XYLOBIOTECH glasshouse by a forest nursery (rental of a XYLOBIOTECH space dedicated to acclimatization).
These two E. gundal varieties (a hybrid between E. gunnii and E. dalrympleana) are cold-hardy and exhibited high productivity in the various pedo-climatic conditions found in South-West France (See Melun et al. 2016). In vitro plants are used as rootstocks for the production of cuttings purchased and planted by foresters. This project was a collaboration between different actors including i) FCBA for conservation and pre-multiplication of in vitro clonal rootstocks using XYLOBIOTECH equipments (cryopreservation, in vitro culture), ii) an SME from New Aquitania involved in clonal propagation of both varieties through micropropgation, and iii) a forest nursery in charge of both acclimatization of in vitro plants in the XYLOBIOTECH greenhouse facility and cuttings production.