There are tens of thousands of tree species, which come in many shapes and sizes, and produce a very wide range of products useful to humankind. About 0.1% of these are domesticated for agricultural production. To develop better agroforestry systems and to domesticate these species there is an urgent need to better understand the biology of trees.
 
Studies of particular importance involve: the physiology of reproduction and regeneration by sexual and vegetative means, the capture of genetic diversity, the development of understanding of adaptations for perennial growth and the functions of trees within ecosystems, the utility of products and chemical compounds, and much more.

 

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