HTIRCHardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana)
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In other words, researchers at the HTIRC hope to develop black walnut trees that have a higher percentage of heartwood, black cherries that resist insect infestations, northern red oaks that grow faster and yield more timber, and samples of all three species that resist herbicides to make hardwood plantations more practical.
The HTIRC opened in 1998 and was not fully staffed until 1999.
Michler says that the HTIRC hopes to begin studies of genetically modified seedlings within several months.