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This periodic publication provides information from the tree improvement community (the TIC in TICtalk) to a range of interested audiences. Contents include information about the FGC; issues faced by the industry; the latest in technical innovations, equipment, and management techniques; and general information on tree improvement.
TICtalk Feb 2015 (Issue #12) (Acrobat PDF, 14.7 Mb)
Articles in this issue include: Report on the Quality Assurance (QA) Results with pelleted seed; Low germination seedlots overinflate the seed supply inventory on SPAR Water Activity; Assisted Range and Population Expansion of Western Larch for use as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in BC; The Problem of Being a Tree in the Forest; Inbreeding Depression in Douglas-fir & Seed Orchard Genetic Gains; Thermocouple, iButtons & Lepto-cams: understanding the low Pli seedset problem; and others.
TICtalk April 2012 (Issue #11) (Acrobat PDF, 2.4 Mb)
Articles in this issue include: The BC Forest Service Celebrates Its 100th Birthday; A New Conifer Species Affects Taxonomic Classification in the Cupressaceae; New Stratification Procedure for Yellow Cypress; Provenance Trials Help Refine Forest Growth Models; Rooting of Cuttings from 10-year Old Coastal Douglas-fir; and others.
TICtalk September 2010 (Issue #10) (Acrobat PDF, 1.3 Mb)
Articles in this issue include: Lodgepole Pine Cone Size and Scale Number are Shaped by Location; How Can Seed Tests Help Valuate Seeds; Interim Red Alder Seed Production Notes; Conserving Native Tree and Shrub Species In Situ: Testing the Predictions; Online Decision Tool to Assist with Deploying Weevilresistant Sitka Spruce on Vancouver Island; and others.
TICtalk December 2008 (Issue #9) (Acrobat PDF, 1.2 Mb)
Articles in this issue include: A Challenge Dialogue Respecting Forest Tree Genetic Resource Conservation and Management in British Columbia; Assisted Migration Adaptation Trial; Cataloguing British Columbia Forest Genetic Resources; Climate Change and Seed Transfer Policy Amendments; 2008 Sowing Request Quality Assurance Results; and others.
TICtalk December 2007 (Issue #8) (Acrobat PDF, 1.7 Mb)
Articles in this issue include: MFR's Tree Seed Centre (TSC) celebrates 50 years of excellence in cone and seed services in 2008; Understanding and thwarting the insect armies – and now air forces! – that attack BC’s seed orchards; Differentiating between male, female and vegetative meristematic tissues; and, Screening for Comandra blister rust resistance in lodgepole pine (for trees that survive MPB!).
TICtalk Winter 2006 (Acrobat PDF, 1.2 Mb)
Topics in this edition of TICtalk include: Mountain Pine Beetle Impacts on Lodgepole Pine Seed Supplies, 2007 Sowing Guidelines, Seed Planning and Registry System (SPAR). Download the document for the full slate.
TICtalk Spring 2005 (Acrobat PDF, 524 Kb)
This issue of TICtalk is the first in electronic format. Topics include: Chief Forester's Standards for Seed Use, Investigations of Douglas-fir Resistance to Phellinus weirii, Technical Advisory Committee for Coastal Hardwood Species to name a few.
TICtalk Winter 2003 (Acrobat PDF v4, 670 Kb)
2003 was rich with results from Council member efforts from the previous five years. Most notable has been the “takeoff” of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, established in 2000 at the University of British Columbia.
This issue of TICtalk contains an overview of the Centre and five articles on studies underway in 2002/03. Another remarkable achievement is the completion of SelectSeed’s first phase in expanding British Columbia’s seed production capacity. Twelve new orchards have been established, and two more will be planted in spring 2003.
Dr. John Barker, recipient of the second FGC Achievement Award, submits this issue’s personal experience article—Reflections on 50 Years of Tree Improvement in Coastal British Columbia.
TICtalk Spring 2001 (Acrobat PDF v4, 1.2 Mb)
This issue of TICtalk contains five articles that discuss potential applications/aspects of biotechnology in tree breeding and the production of reforestation materials. Three clear messages emerge:
Other features in this issue:
TICtalk Spring 2000 (Acrobat PDF v4, 672 Kb)
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TICtalk Spring 1999 (Acrobat PDF v4, 296 Kb)
This issue of TICtalk includes information about the FGC; issues faced by the industry; the latest in technical innovations, equipment, and management techniques; and general information on tree improvement. We also include feature articles on forest gene resource management from British Columbia's active research community, and information on upcoming courses, seminars, and conferences.
TICtalk Spring 1996 (Acrobat PDF v4, 60 Kb)
The contents include information about the business of the Councils; issues faced by the industry; the latest in technical innovations, equipment, and management techniques; as well as general information on tree improvement.
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