Flagship 1: Tree genetic resources

Partners

To develop improved methods and action plans for TGR safeguarding, FTA partners with conservation organizations and networks that work at national, regional and global levels, such as national planning agencies, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Latin American Forest Genetic Resources Network (LAFORGEN) and CacaoNet, as well as with intergovernmental actors, such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
To set domestication priorities, access genomic and information resources, and help drive impact in new tree product markets, FTA works with the private sector, including Mars Inc. and Unilever at the global level and SMEs at the local level.
The development of tree domestication methodologies requires work with public breeders in national agricultural, forestry and horticultural research institutions, and with private breeders.
Partnerships with advanced research organizations, such as the University of California, Davis, allow access to newly developing domestication methods.
To develop and understand the implementation of appropriate planting material delivery options, FTA works with a range of national tree seed centers, national and international development non-governmental organizations, including VI and World Vision, government extension services, and commercial companies, such as Mars Inc.
FTA also operates directly with SMEs to understand and develop their role in delivery systems.
FTA works with FAO, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and others to develop and support the implementation of policy changes that are supportive of tree planting material delivery.
To provide strategic research direction, facilitate negotiations with intergovernmental actors on policies and certification, and to develop key decision-support tools for delivery systems, the TGR research domain includes scientists from the University of Copenhagen, the center of expertise globally on tree planting material delivery approaches among international advanced research organizations.

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