Vegetative propagation of spruce can produce high-quality and well-known, homogeneous forest renewal material. The objective of the SmartTree project is to develop the production and process technology of vegetative propagation.
Xamk provides technological solutions to automate the spruce vegetative propagation process. The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) tests the developed solutions with live material. Xamk and Luke together will produce a plan for implementation of vegetative propagation technology platform in Savonlinna and for replicating it for use of pioneering seedling production companies.
The project outcome is a high-tech pilot scale production solution with modules that support the plant production industry and the forest bioeconomy more widely.
The project combines biological and wood growth specialization of the Natural Resources Institute of Finland with Xamk’s electronics and automation and process technology expertise. The project opens up important high expertise business opportunities for tree breeding in South Savo.