Potential and challenges of asexual propagation in seed orchards: experiences from a restoration project in Cambodia

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This article presents the experience of the Landmark Restoration Project on ‘Establishment of Forest Genetics Research Center for Restoration of Major Timber Species in Cambodia (AFoCO/005/2014)’ the asexual production of seedlings that are used in establishing the seed orchard. The project hopes to contribute to enriching knowledge in the establishment of seed orchards of tropical species, and identify feasible propagation techniques. 

In the wake of massive deforestation happening in Cambodia, the government embarked on nationwide replanting in the degraded forestlands. The thrust of restoring the degraded forests has pushed the demand for planting materials, and maintaining the supply of quality germplasm for large-scale seedling production has posed a major challenge in the forestry sector. As a result, forest managers are prone to sourcing their germplasm for seedling production from inferior sources. To address this problem, the Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development (IRD) in Cambodia is implementing the project “Establishment of Forest Genetics Research Center for Restoration of Major Timber Species in Cambodia” funded by the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) through the Lan