LOURIZÁN FORESEES THE OBTAINMENT OF CHESTNUT TREE CLONES ADAPTED TO THE GALICIAN INLAND
Lourizán Forestry Research Centre works on the obtainment of new clones with better characteristics; such as the improvement of cold and dryness resistance, diseases tolerance and a better wood quality or a good compatibility with the graft of the traditional chestnut varieties. These clones can be used in wood plantations and as rootstock for varieties of fruit.
In just a few years, Galicia will have a new generation of chestnut tree clones adapted to the challenges that the species will face. Lourizán Forestry Research Centre works on the obtainment of plants which can stand out thanks to cold and dryness resistance, diseases and pests tolerance—mainly to the chestnut blight and the Oriental chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus)—and a better wood quality or a good compatibility with the graft of the traditional chestnut varieties.
One of the identified problems with the existing hybrid clones of chestnut tree is the difficulty to face cold and dryness, usual conditions in the Galician inland. The selection of new clones aims to face this problem.
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