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Patrick McGovern
Worked at Gordon Food Service
Attended Davenport University
Lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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The 2014 Open4st Nursery season was busy with lots of progress in our goal to produce vigorous, good rooting, well formed and diverse aspens.   We planted 1854 total aspens representing a variety of stock types with 1173 aspens surviving in the 2014 nursery.  Final tallies include 980 seedlings from 24 families, 820 rooted cuttings, 24 rooted stock, 184 ortet rooted cuttings and 145 cuttings propagated via WASP.

#geneticsresearch #genetics #PlantBreeding   #Trees #forestry #TreePlanting #Open4st #FiguredWood
Pat McGovern and Brad Bender use this site to collaborate on developing hybrid aspen trees that will grow well and propagate from rooting dormant hardwood cuttings.
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The 2014 Open4st Nursery season was busy with lots of progress in our goal to produce vigorous, good rooting, well formed and diverse aspens.   We planted 1854 total aspens representing a variety of stock types with 1173 aspens surviving in the 2014 nursery.  Final tallies include 980 seedlings from 24 families, 820 rooted cuttings, 24 rooted stock, 184 ortet rooted cuttings and 145 cuttings propagated via WASP.
Pat McGovern and Brad Bender use this site to collaborate on developing hybrid aspen trees that will grow well and propagate from rooting dormant hardwood cuttings.
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Went bike riding recently and came across the first crop of yellow bigtooth aspen leaves crossing my trail.  Note the critter track just below the leaf...
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What a speaking image - I love the colors. It should definitely get more likes :o)
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• Genetics  - 
 
The 2014 #Open4st aspen tree breeding project produced 25 crosses to develop genotypes that are more native with good rooting, figured wood and are adaptable to upland sites.  These families represent 8 different females (11 CAG204), 12 different males (6  CAG177), 2 P. alba and 22 hybrid aspen families producing over 2,000 seedling transplants. 

* Eight families had a single aspen species mated to the CAG sibling parents CAG204 and CAG177 to test for dominate aspen characteristics and select for good rooters and useful double hybrid re-combinations. 

* Five families have figured wood parents that could provide selections with high figure for veneer and finished lumber markets. 

* One parent, 9AG105 was bisexual and was mated to the CAG sibling parents CAG204 and CAG177 to test for parental combinations.

* One native small tooth aspen (P. tremuloides) and five different native big tooth aspens (P. grandidentata) were mated to the sibling CAG parents CAG204 and CAG177.  A P. smithii (small tooth x big tooth) was also mated to CAG204.  The progeny is expected to have dominate aspen characteristics with some good rooting selections. 

* Three new CAG families were produced to provide future options for double hybrid matings.

Below is a link to our 2014 nursery that includes these seedlings.

#geneticsresearch  #genetics #PlantBreeding   #Trees #forestry #TreePlanting #Open4st #FiguredWood
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Aspen Genetics  - 
 
The 2014 breeding season has been completed.  We started with 31 crosses and yielded 24 as branch and compatibility issues occur along the way...  The seed has been shipped to the greenhouse and will be ready to plant in 6 weeks.  Its been a tough but rewarding breeding season.  We hope the seed will germinate 50+ seedlings per family.  That would be nice!
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love your helping,cutting trees faster then growing in nature.the state just clear cuts all.plus theyclean the air
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Aspen Propagation  - 
 
I don't have a greenhouse so my indoor grown aspen trees are not ready to face the open/hot sun.  Therefore I put them under a small shade cloth tent for a couple weeks.  It makes all the difference.  I also prefer to  prune back the plants indoors which toughens them up and gives them a much better root/shoot ratio...
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• Biology  - 
 
The 2014 Open4st Nursery season was busy with lots of progress in our goal to produce vigorous, good rooting, well formed and diverse aspens.   We planted 1854 total aspens representing a variety of stock types with 1173 aspens surviving in the 2014 nursery.  Final tallies include 980 seedlings from 24 families, 820 rooted cuttings, 24 rooted stock, 184 ortet rooted cuttings and 145 cuttings propagated via WASP.

#geneticsresearch #genetics #PlantBreeding   #Trees #forestry #TreePlanting #Open4st #FiguredWood
Pat McGovern and Brad Bender use this site to collaborate on developing hybrid aspen trees that will grow well and propagate from rooting dormant hardwood cuttings.
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+Mary Mangan maybe this is a contact for working on chestnuts.
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The 2014 Open4st Nursery season was busy with lots of progress in our goal to produce vigorous, good rooting, well formed and diverse aspens.   We planted 1854 total aspens representing a variety of stock types with 1173 aspens surviving in the 2014 nursery.  Final tallies include 980 seedlings from 24 families, 820 rooted cuttings, 24 rooted stock, 184 ortet rooted cuttings and 145 cuttings propagated via WASP.

#geneticsresearch #genetics #PlantBreeding   #Trees #forestry #TreePlanting #Open4st #FiguredWood
Pat McGovern and Brad Bender use this site to collaborate on developing hybrid aspen trees that will grow well and propagate from rooting dormant hardwood cuttings.
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Aspens for Wildlife  - 
 
Went bike riding recently and came across the first crop of yellow bigtooth aspen leaves crossing my trail.  Note the critter track just below the leaf...
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Aspen Genetics  - 
 
The 2014 Open4st aspen tree breeding project produced 25 crosses to develop genotypes that are more native with good rooting, figured wood and are adaptable to upland sites.  These families represent 8 different females (11 CAG204), 12 different males (6  CAG177), 2 P. alba and 22 hybrid aspen families producing over 2,000 seedling transplants. 

* Eight families had a single aspen species mated to the CAG sibling parents CAG204 and CAG177 to test for dominate aspen characteristics and select for good rooters and useful double hybrid re-combinations. 

* Five families have figured wood parents that could provide selections with high figure for veneer and finished lumber markets. 

* One parent, 9AG105 was bisexual and was mated to the CAG sibling parents CAG204 and CAG177 to test for parental combinations.

* One native small tooth aspen (P. tremuloides) and five different native big tooth aspens (P. grandidentata) were mated to the sibling CAG parents CAG204 and CAG177.  A P. smithii (small tooth x big tooth) was also mated to CAG204.  The progeny is expected to have dominate aspen characteristics with some good rooting selections. 

* Three new CAG families were produced to provide future options for double hybrid matings.

Below is a link to our 2014 nursery that includes these seedlings.

#geneticsresearch #genetics #PlantBreeding   #Trees #forestry #TreePlanting #Open4st #FiguredWood
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Aspen Propagation  - 
 
The 2014 nursery is well under way.  All of the cutting stock has been planted, most rows mulched with grass clippings and the inside rows mulched with a peat moss mix.  Any exposed dirt will turn to weeds and make for a lot of work later...  
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Aspen Propagation  - 
 
Propagation is a key part of building or "ramping up" plant numbers for your aspen woodlot.  You may need to ramp up key clones that will be used as controls around the entire perimeter of a trial planting.  You may have clones that don't propagate as easily from dormant cuttings and require a little help with other techniques... 

We have developed an Active Shoot Propagation (ASP) techniques (see: http://goo.gl/sgiyV8) that describe how to propagate actively growing shoots.  We also employ Winter ASP (WASP) methods that force new shoots from dormant Winter cuttings then propagate them via ASP. 

I don't have a greenhouse so I grow them indoors via 4' fluorescent shop lights.  It works and is a fun way to rid of winter time blues as you grow trees indoors and enjoy the sites/smells of growing plants... 

Our cooperators will be receiving multiple 10" cuttings per clone, so it is possible for them to cut one cutting in half and use WASP techniques to ramp them up...  Enjoy and see you in the woods!
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I am a Michigan man.  I like the a variety of things like computers, the great outdoors, gardening, hunting fishing riding dirt bikes and integrating figured wood into aspen trees.  Yes tree breeding is fun!
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