The NZ Dryland Forests Initiative (NZDFI) is a collaborative research and development programme. Our vision is to develop a sustainable multi-regional hardwood industry based on planting genetically improved durable eucalypt forests from 2020 to 2050.

Successful launch of Xylogene improved durable eucalypts

The official launch of NZDFI’s XyloGene improved planting stock was held at farmer and NZDFI trial host Warwick Lissaman’s Awatere valley property in Marlborough on October 1st.  Forestry Minister Stuart Nash was in attendance, along with many other senior forest industry figures.  The Minister planted elite E. globoidea seedlings to establish a new 2nd generation XyloGene seed orchard on Warwick’s property.

The improved planting stock is the result of 12 years of tree breeding efforts by the NZDFI team.



Forestry Minister Stuart Nash (second from right) at the Xylogene launch in Marlborough.


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