Tree seed workshops and events
Tree seed meetings and workshops provide an opportunity to share valuable information.
Please send us any feedback or expressions of interest in future tree seed workshops.
On this page:
- Seed Biology and Physiology UBC 2020
- Tree Seed Working Group workshop 2019
- Cone Collection Workshops 2018
- Connections Through Seed 2018
- Whitebark pine workshop 2018
- Cone Maturation, Collection, Storage and Handling 2014
- Tree Seed Workshop 2013
- Seed Use Efficiency Meeting 2008
- Tree Seed Workshop 2007
The following videos contain a lecture presented by Dave Kolotelo who is the Cone and Seed Improvement Officer at the Tree Seed Centre in Surrey BC. These videos provide a background on the work done at the Tree Seed Centre, conifer reproductive biology and tree seed biology.
- Part One: Background on Conifer Reproductive Biology and Tree Seed Biology (MP4, 62 MB)
- Part Two: Tree Seed Basic Concepts (MP4, 49MB)
The Tree Seed Working Group (TSWG) workshop was held in Lac Delage, Quebec (August 19, 2019) in association with the 36th meeting of the Canadian Forest Genetics Association (CFGA).
Theme of the workshop
The theme of the workshop was “Reaffirm the Importance of Cone and Seed Services and identify knowledge Gaps”. There were about 60 people who attended the workshop. Since we had received interest from others unable to attend, we are posting the pdf versions of the presentations here.
To the organizers, the activities that pertain to cone collection, handling, processing, storage and pretreatment of cones and seeds and their critical role in sustainable forest management are not well understood or appreciated.
The workshop started with overview of our working group, a memorial to those who have recently passed and facilities closed and a celebration of significant facility anniversaries. Previous to our workshop a survey of priorities was circulated and that formed the basis for our selected review areas. These included the following provided topics.
- Crop Development and Training
- Appropriate Facilities and Expertise
- Cone Crop Challenges
- Storage, Testing and Seed Preparation
- Genetic Conservation
- New Tools
We were also given the opportunity to present the highlights of our workshop at the main conference and this presentation is also included below. We welcome your feedback, contribution of articles to our biannual newsletter and further discussion of these topics. Thank you for your interest.
- Introduction to Regulations and Seed Planning (PDF, 2.6MB)
- Introduction to Climate Based Seed Transfer (PDF, 1.2MB)
- Cone and Seed Biology (PDF, 6.5MB)
- Handout - Cone and Seed Biology (PDF, 729KB)
- Cone and Seed Pests (PDF, 3MB)
- Cone Collection Methods
The Connections Through Seed Workshop was held at the Tree Seed Centre on October 16 and 17, 2018.
In celebration of the provincial Tree Seed Centre’s 60th Anniversary we hosted a whitebark pine workshop to acknowledge our stewardship mandate.
The workshop consisted of several presentations, available below, and some hands-on seed cutting tests and x-ray evaluations. It was a great opportunity for us to connect with a wider client base and show how our facility can play a role towards this endangered species’ recovery.
If you want more information on whitebark pine or are looking for ways to contribute to its recovery, please visit the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada. If you would like more information about the Tree Seed Centre, please visit our webpage.
Introduction and Welcome (PDF, 2.1MB) - Dave Kolotelo
- Whitebark Pine Cone Collection and Processing (PDF, 14.9MB) - Don Pigott
Handout - Cone Collection (PDF, 810KB)
Handout - Seed Processing (PDF, 1.7MB)
Handout - Cone Knife Construction (PDF, 640KB)
- Seed Stratification, Maturity and other Seedy Tidbits (PDF, 6.5MB) - Dave Kolotelo
- Seed Clipping (PDF, 23.9MB)- Charlie Cartwright
On July 22, 2013, the B.C. Tree Seed Centre hosted the Tree Seed Working Group workshop. The overall theme was “Reproductive Biology.” 48 people attended the workshop. The day started with a general review of reproductive biology topics, and then switched to focusing on lodgepole pine seed set problems in north Okanagan seed orchards.
Presentations and agendas
On its 50th Anniversary, the Tree Seed Centre hosted a seed use efficiency meeting in Langley, B.C. (July 30 and 31, 2008). The intent was to start with a big picture “spaceship” view and zoom in on the activities, challenges, opportunities and costs throughout the seed handling system.
The event attracted about 95 people from breeding and seed orchard programs, cone collectors and processors, nursery personnel and a host of forestry professionals looking for ways to increase seed use efficiency.
There were many good discussions and a far better understanding of the various businesses involved in the seed handling system after the meeting. The Tree Seed Centre will continue to examine opportunities for increased seed use efficiencies and welcome comments on the subject from attendees and others who have ideas, practices, or results to increase seed use efficiency.
Presentations and agendas
- Policy and Genetic Resource Management Directions or Who Moved My Seed? (PDF, 687KB)
- Abstract (PDF, 19KB)
Dr. Yousry El-Kassaby
Dr. Greg O’Neill
Annette van Niejenhuis
- Trust, Money, Human Nature or All Three
- Sowing Guidelines, Seed Use Efficiencies with SPAR and Seedlot Source Information (PDF, 3.8MB)
- Abstract (PDF, 22KB)
- Seedling Specifications: Purchaser Perspective
- SilvaTech Developments
In 2007, there were tree seed workshops at five B.C. locations: Vernon, Prince George, Kamloops, Langley and Cowichan Lake Research Station. The presentations provide an overview of reproductive and tree seed biology, fungal biology and diseases, the operational processing and use of tree seeds, and an overview of current extension initiatives.