of in vitro culture woody plants
In vitro culture of woody plants is leaving the academic laboratories and is now being developed in a range of commercial applications in horticulture and forestry that respond to the challenges of climate change and changing global food and wood consumption habits.
5 Main Challenges
How can we overcome recalcitrance in a lot of woody plants?
What are the best tools for diagnosis, sanitation and storing clean stocks?
How can the production of elite clones be scaled up at a acceptable price?
What are the real risks of this technology?
How can the public be informed so that they appreciate and accept the applications?
How can foresters & landowners be persuaded to invest in planting poly-clonal forests?
for setting up a
to connect Researchers from various domains
of the European Network
to share innovations
to develop new research strategies
to assess the risks of the technology
to improve communications with stakeholders & general public
CopyTree is Born
Our Main Objective is
to address the major research challenges of in vitro cloning of woody plants,
its public acceptance, risk assessment
promotion of commercial applications
In Order to Connect & Inform
the Scientific Community from various domains
Policy Makers & Stakeholders
CopyTree's Areas of Expertise
Biochemistry & Genetics
Other COST Actions with Similar Aims
In the last 20 years, there have been three relevant COST Actions dedicated to Plant Tissue Culture, however CopyTree will continue their journey by being specifically dedicated to woody plants.
Cost Action 822
Development of integrated systems for large scale propagation of elite plants using in vitro techniques (23/5/1995-23/5/1999)
The main objective of this action was to coordinate research and development in Europe to overcome the various bottlenecks that limit the full application of tissue culture in plant breeding and propagation.
Cost Action 843
‘Quality Enhancement of Plant Production through Tissue Culture’ (7/12/00-7/12/04)
This Action focused on the development of potentially faster techniques such as somatic embryogenesis, propagation in liquid medium or automated culture propagation and handling systems.
Cost Action 871
‘Cryoplanet, Cryopreservation of crop species in Europe’ (12/12/06-11/12/10)
This action was devoted to the technology for long-term storage of somatic embryos and meristems in liquid nitrogen.