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High quality nursery grown red oak seedlings provide a good start for forest restoration

Photo of 1. A northern red oak shoot in the spring, a tiny flower is at the center of the circle.
2. Northern red oak seedlings planted by USDA Forest Service scientists to study the growth and quality of selected parents used for breeding at the Indiana State Tree Nursery. 
1. A northern red oak shoot in the spring, a tiny flower is at the center of the circle. 2. Northern red oak seedlings planted by USDA Forest Service scientists to study the growth and quality of selected parents used for breeding at the Indiana State Tree Nursery. Snapshot : Forest Service tree breeders working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are developing high quality, genetically diverse oak seedlings in nurseries to help restore degraded forests and generate new forests. Landowners who purchase and plant these seedlings can be confident that the seedlings will grow into trees that deliver a variety of desired benefits.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Woeste, Keith 
Research Location : Indiana
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2017
Highlight ID : 1203

Summary

Forest Service geneticists, in cooperation with Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, studied northern red oak trees used as seed mothers for forest restoration and regeneration in Indiana. The researchers directly analyzed the DNA of the mother trees as well as their acorns and seedlings. The mother trees, selected by experts from sources all across Indiana and nearby states, produced genetically diverse, high quality red oak seedlings. Only a small percentage of the seedlings generated in the nursery had genetic code from unselected wild trees whose quality and genetic diversity is not known. This is good news for landowners who purchase and plant these red oak seedlings for use in timber production, to sustain wildlife, or for forest rehabilitation. The high quality planting stock will result in trees that are likely adapted to a range of conditions they will encounter in the future, and will help ensure these forest are available for the next generation to use and enjoy. Forest Service geneticists, in cooperation with Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, studied northern red oak trees used as seed mothers for forest restoration and regeneration in Indiana. The researchers directly analyzed the DNA of the mother trees as well as their acorns and seedlings. The mother trees, selected by experts from sources all across Indiana and nearby states, produced genetically diverse, high quality red oak seedlings. Only a small percentage of the seedlings generated in the nursery had genetic code from unselected wild trees whose quality and genetic diversity is not known. This is good news for landowners who purchase and plant these red oak seedlings for use in timber production, to sustain wildlife, or for forest rehabilitation. The high quality planting stock will result in trees that are likely adapted to a range of conditions they will encounter in the future, and will help ensure these forest are available for the next generation to use and enjoy.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Purdue University