During March-April 2022 the trees of the natural population were propagated by grafting, in order to set up the clonal orchard.
Thanks to the protocol developed within the LIFE4FIR project, a much higher success and survival rate of the seedlings was obtained compared to previous experiences.
The room dedicated to the seedbank and the cryo-bank was set up at the MAN (Museum of Abies nebrodensis) in Polizzi Generosa.
Instrumentation and safety devices were installed and the seed bank went into operation at the beginning of 2022. Seeds batches are progressively added to the collection stored at -18 degrees Celsius. The cryobank is expected to be fully operational in Spring 2023.