8 October, 2012
New facility improves
new cutting-edge seedling processing facility has been developed at the
Mountain Home Nursery that will result in significant improvement in the
quality of seed production.
is the fist time that we have had equipment to do proper size classing of
seed," said Technical Manager, Ben Pienaar. "Using the size class separation
equipment we can remove the non-viable seed, and separate out the biggest seed,
which will enable us to improve seed germination. This will have a significant
impact on the cost and quality of seedling production," said Ben.
Seedex facility, as it is known, includes a kiln which will assist in the
drying of pine cones and eucalyptus seed capsules as well as equipment to
extract, clean and classify the seed into size classes.
Mondi team that was involved in designing the facility, with local and
international partners, included Marius du Plessis (Tree Improvement Manager),
Owen Petersen (Seed Production Manager) and Tony Winter (Trahar Technology
latest development further enhances the research facilities at Mountain Home
which provides crucial research, plant production and tree improvement services
to Mondi Forests. This is a highly productive and versatile research facility
which includes a state of the art research nursery, modern seed extraction,
processing and storage facility, wood quality and tissue culture laboratories,
and houses the cold tolerant eucalyptus and pine tree improvement programmes.