contribute to the
informed use of tree germplasm, which is an essential component of sustainable
forestry and agroforestry practices, and
use of quality germplasm.
This directory is intended to:
Quality has both
a genetic and a physiological component, and both are described in the
directory. Quality descriptors can be used as criteria to select suppliers, and
this will ensure that both the users and the suppliers recognize seed quality
The directory also highlights the importance of biosafety issues, and it presents biosafety
information that suppliers have provided
Although the directory focuses on tree taxa of importance in the tropics, it lists temperate
taxa as well. It does not discriminate between taxa used for agroforestry and
forestry. The purpose is to ensure that the information is useful to a wide
range of users.
The information from this directory is also available in a book version and will be available
on CD-ROM.Should you discover items that should be corrected or revised, please read the section
on providing new information.