Germplasm:  The best genetics yield the best trees in the business.

ArborGen owns 1/3 of all the world’s Loblolly Pine germplasm.

“The value of the Loblolly Pine genome mapping for tree improvement will be that it provides a way to organize data we’ve been collecting for over 60 years and give us a framework that has never before been accessible.”

— Dr. Ross Whetten, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University Forestry & Environmental Tree Improvement Program 

At ArborGen, we begin every tree improvement project with the very best trees in our portfolio. With an unrivaled collection of germplasm from some of the best tree improvement programs in the world, all ArborGen breeding programs start with outstanding trees. Many of our germplasm lines are frozen and stored via cryogenics so that the germplasm can be preserved in perpetuity.
ArborGen’s germplasm collection represents:

  • A long history of Loblolly Pine, Radiata Pine, and hardwood tree improvement programs with contributions from MWV, International Paper and CellFor.
  • An extensive portfolio of Pine and hardwood elite genotypes for the U.S. South.
  • A wide portfolio of Elite Radiata Pine germplasm from Rubicon, an important Pine resource for the Australian and New Zealand markets.
  • Extensive field trials and data that demonstrates the performance of each line.