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- Silviculturalist: Ask for details on the seed provenance used to raise the plants you are about to buy to start your Eucalyptus timber growing project. Use this criterium to help you select reputable forestry plant nurseries. Regardless of the level of genetic quality in seed, that information should be part of the archives of any serious forestry plant propagation enterprise.
- Nursery man: Source your Eucalyptus seed from reputable seed sources or specialised merchants, and try to get to know as many details as possible on the parent trees and seed collection methods. Plant propagation is just the last step to the release of genes stored in tree seed. Learn beyond propagation techniques, nursery practice and plant sales. Keep good records of the materials you use. And do not try to save on Eucalyptus seed if saving on seed means great looking seedlings but poor timber crops. Save elsewhere. As someone else well said elsewhere: "Good seed does not cost, it pays".
- Seed merchant: Try to focus also on quality of the product you sell and not only in the margin you obtain from your trade. Tree seed is not lettuce seed. And tree seed in general is not the same as tree seed for timber investment projects.Your actions might have a much longer term impact than for seed of annual crops. Learn about what you sell. Depending on your actions, there can be huge differences for the performance of third party timber investments.
- Seed collector: Try to identify candidate Eucalyptus trees to the plus tree status and collect seed from those and any other according to a minimal of technical criteria, so to help avoid the most obvious risks of poor plant performance. This does not mean you should only collect from plus trees if circumstances force to do otherwise to meet the demand. Bulk seed or individual isolated tree seed collection cannot be avoided sometimes, but keeping eyes well open to see the good trees and being well organised to extract different seed lots according to seed quality criteria, even if from the same seed collection effort, is a good measure.
- Parent tree grower: Keep records of the trees you grow, when did you plant them, where did your seedlings come from, and, if possible, where the original seed came from. Keep a book for your trees.The lineage of your trees matters, as it will affect the performance of their progeny, and the progeny of their progeny both in the case you use that seed as your own stock for propagation and in the case you allow its harvest for release to third parties.