Setting up the world biggest clone bank for a single hardwood species. 12 hectares in Spain, with imported selected material. It was 1997 and it helped around to improve significantly handling of the high value wood plantations, involving scientific research institutes, Ministry of Science of Spain, and stakeholders. This clone bank was the first worldwide to introduce dendrometric monitoring process in real time in a tree plantation.
Research allowed us to describe water stress of plants in real time, as you can see below, combining results with soil moisture content, and weather data, to manage irrigation system.
Since 1995 working on Agro & Forestry projects. Here below it’s me (left side) at Purdue University (Indiana. USA), looking for selected hardwood trees for high value plantations. It was mid nineties, and I was 24 years old.