genetic field trials
There exists a
Nordic register over long-term field trials, “noltfox”,
to which SLU has reported centrally (based on departments reports and
classifications). Under the subject field “Genetic diversity and breeding”,
there are 300 trials at SLU, of which 40 were established 1990-1995 and 2 after
1995 (based on a reading 2000
on “active” field trials established later than 1989 with subject “genetic
diversity and breeding”).
The latest established field trial (based on reading 2003) at the departments within SLU at that time (departments reorganize sometime)
There is a list of
the field trials of the department of forest genetics and plant physiology at
According to the
departmental register our department has 107 “active” long time field
trials. All are conifers. 79 were established before 1990, 28 1990-1995 and no
It may be noted that this trend does not mainly reflect differences among departments, but seem to reflect an SLU trend.
Forest genetics at SLU can certainly live some time
without establishing field trials. Many field trials already exists. And it
may even be a reasonable “sharing of tasks” that future long term field
activities are done by SkogForsk. But the
prognosis for forest genetic field trials at SLU is bleak.
stated basic concept is :
”To develop man's understanding and sustainable use of biological natural resources.”
In my opinion this concept is not trustworthy if long term forest genetics field trials are left to SkogForsk. A governmental University ought to be more concerned with long term sustainability than the more applied industrial controlled “commercial” SkogForsk. I believe that the trend in recent establishment reflects a declining interest and competence to deal with old tests, which is a more serious matter.