Post from Dean Satchell on May 20, 2021 at 8:20PM
NZDFI and the University of Canterbury have a lot of work to do to breed E. bosistoana suitable for commercial deployment. It is inherently a low heartwood species with poor sinuous form. Sure, great heartwood durability but it is being severely defoliated where the new leaf beetle EVB is present. How long to breed an insect-resistant genotype with good form, good growth rates and high heartwood content? Should industry be investing in this work when E. globoidea (white stringybark) is available? A fast growing species with good form, good growth, insect resistance and high heartwood content. A bump in durability is all the breeding programme needs to achieve.