About Us

The Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (TropHTIRC) is a collaborative research, development and extension partnership. Established in 2010, TropHTIRC’s mission is to advance the science of tropical hardwood tree improvement, regeneration, and conservation genetics. Our goal is to develop and disseminate knowledge to foster sustainable tropical hardwood forestry, production of forest products, restoration, and maintenance of genetically diverse ecosystems. We work with a diversity of partners to increase knowledge and develop strategies for breeding, conservation, utilization, silviculture, and marketing of tropical hardwoods. Through application of classical selection, genomics, advanced propagation, seed and nursery production technologies, we are developing improved lines of native trees. Our current focus is on Hawaii’s premier timber tree, koa (Acacia koa), an endemic Hawaiian species of substantial cultural, economic, and ecological importance.

 

Acacia koa leaves and flowers

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