A modern plantation of tropical hardwood that covers 60,000 ha may be comprised of just 20 cloned individual trees, representing a significant investment by the owner.
A plantation owner cannot influence the terrain or climate of a plantation, but over generations of investment into tree stock can nurture trees which grow quickly, straight and are adapted to the local environment.
As tropical hardwoods may take a decade to reach sexual maturity this process not only takes an investment in expertise and time but also represents significant Intellectual Property (IP) for the plantation owner.
Whether or not the stock is generated from clones or seed orchards, we are able to safeguard plantation owners from theft by recording and registering the genetic IP.
In the event that a plantation is identified as using unauthorised tree stock it is possible to recover income through reaching agreement for licencing of IP through arbitration or civil/criminal action.