FORE436-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Forest Tree Breeding

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Review of tree breeding and conservation in the context of applied breeding programmes. The course connects elements of economics, quantitative genetics and tree multiplication practices for the design of tree improvemement projects and the conservation of their genetic resources.

This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of tree breeding and of tree propagation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students are expected to:
  • Have a basic understanding of population and quantitative genetics as they are applied to tree breeding;
  • identify the basic components of a tree breeding program - including breeding objectives and the concept of recurrent selection;
  • Understand the sexual and asexual options for the elopement of superior genetic material, with their respective advantages and disadvantages; and
  • Understand principles and practices of conservation of genetic resources.



FORE408 (2006-2007)

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 A9 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 530
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun


Luis Apiolaza


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Breeding Strategy Presentation 10%
Breeding Objective Report 10%
Genetic Parameters Report 10%
Breeding Strategy Report 30%
Mid-Year Exam 40%

Students are required to attain a minimum of 40% in the final exam.

Textbooks / Resources

There are no required texts. Recommended reading:

White, T.L., Adams, W.T. & Neale, D.B. (2007). Forest Genetics (SD 399.5.W588 f2007 - 2 copies in the Library).

Additional weekly readings (via the course Learn site) will be used for discussion during lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

International fee $5,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Forestry .

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