Final report summary: The Tea Tree Breeding Program II 2017-2019

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The Tea Tree Breeding Program II (TTBP II) project represents the beginning of a new era in tea tree breeding, with the transition of breeding from a NSW DPI/CSIRO lead program to a Southern Cross University (SCU) managed program commencing in July 2017. The two year project described in this report facilitated the transition of operations from NSW DPI to SCU during Year One (2017/18), and the implementation of the first year (Year Two 2018/19) of the five year breeding plan.

This Final Report Summary outlines two years of activity, a transition year from July 2017 to July 2018, plus the first year of the five year plan (July 2018 to May 2019) conducting tea tree breeding. It is structured according to activities concerned with the transition year, the main activities related to the breeding (advancement of an elite and main population), related pre-breeding research, and communication.

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