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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

European Network

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to connect Researchers from various domains 

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 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

and the
promotion of commercial applications

In Order to Connect & Inform

the Scientific Community from various domains

Policy Makers & Stakeholders


Our Impact 




Potential for Innovation & Breakthroughs

5 Challenges 5 Working Groups

CopyTree's Areas of Expertise 

Agricultural Biotechnology


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.

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