Forest Research and Development
The R&D area provides support to the company to maximize the production volume and to to ensure sustainability and environment-friendly procedures.
KTH R&D department conducts both basic and applied research activities necessary to achieve our company vision and mission of “Establishment of sustainable forest management timber tree plantation.”Specifically, we have been systematically developing tree breeding programs, super clone selections, development of efficient cutting propagation methods, advances in planting and rearing techniques based on our 20 years’’ experience and know-how.
In the field of timber breeding, we set up a mid- and long-term breeding roadmap from 2017 to 2031, and have conducted clonal yield tests and progeny tests. Based on this, one or two new candidate clones will be evaluated each year to get super clone selection. We are also developing appropriate fertilization and pruning techniques and are testing Sengon, Jabon puti, etc. for infertile land and wetlands where it is difficult to plant eucalyptus.
Developing an effective mass propagation of the selected eucalyptus clones is very important in terms of practical point of view. Therefore, we are developing an optimized hedge orchard maintenance and management technology to increase rooting rate, and forthe production of good quality cutting propagules, we are introducing proper rooting matrices such as Oasis and Elipotto.
In addition, to maintaining sustainable productivity of forest land, we are currently conducting mycorrhiza application tests.
Meanwhile, we support joint research work and exchange of students through the MOU with KARLAYA University and IPB University.
Areas of activity
- Genetic Improvement
- Technical Support to the Operational Areas
- Forest Protection
- Development of Efficient Seedling Production System
- Eco-friendly Sustainability Management