Martaillac® nursery and Forelite contracted with FCBA a 3-year private RDI project for technological transfer of vegetative propagation techniques of frost-tolerant eucalyptus varieties developed by FCBA.
The project will beneficiate from the XYLOBIOTECH technical support and expertise to optimize the production chain with in particular the integration of in vitro tissue culture methods and conventional cutting propagation for deployment of current FCBA varieties as well as future ones to be released along 2018 and 2019. The new varieties will address an extended range of soil and climate conditions while maintaining a strong adaptation to low intensity management. The Eucalyptus genus includes hundreds of species with contrasted adaptability to altitude, temperature, and water regime, from high mountain range in temperate zones to dense forest in tropical Australia and semi-arid zones. The FCBA breeding program is based on very original genetic resources with specific adaptability and low environmental impact similar to autochthonous European broadleaves.
Region Nouvelle Aquitaine is supporting this project through its program of technology transfer.