Course Content (Syllabus)
Terminology. Fast growing species potentialities and limitations. Methods of genetic improvement and propagation especially applicable to fast growing species (Populus, Platanus, Salix, Alnus, Robinia, etc.). Importance of fast growing species for Forest Tree Breeding. Stand establishment, importance of spacing and competition. Breeding methods, maximization of biomass production. Biomass for energy plantations, rotation periods, regeneration. Ornamental plants: considerations related to aesthetics, noise abatement, visual screening, microclimate etc. Breeding objectives and aims. Selection of trees for urban landscapes, street planting and Christmas trees.
Fast growing tree species, Ornamental forest tree species, vegetative propagation methods, breeding methods, maximization of biomass production, production of ornamental forest tree and shrub varieties