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In several countries, projects are underway to develop the technology for large-scale cost-effective production of SE plants (i.e. plants developed through somatic embryogenesis). With this survey, we hope to get an understanding of the current interest within different sectors of European forestry to utilize SE plants. We would also like to better understand the level of understanding and opinions that already exists with respect to the new opportunities that SE plants can offer.

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First, a few questions about you
These questions are only designed to be able to map the data collected from this survey.
1. Are you *
2. What is your age? *
3. How many years have you worked in forestry? *
4. What is your education? You can select more than one answer. *
5. If you answered "University degree" or "Ph.D. or other Doctorate", please let us know in which field *
6. What was your previous occupation? You can select more than one answer. *
7. What is your current position? *
8. Please let us know the company, association, or other entity you are working for right now.
Questions regarding SE plants
The questions that follow are designed to get a picture of how you view SE plants and its future in European forestry. Please try to answer as you and the company you work for view (or you think would view in the future) SE plants in your operation.
1. How much would you say you know about SE plants (somatic embryogenesis plants)? *
No previous knowledge
2. Do you know what legislation there is for planting SE plants? *
3. If you answered "yes", do you think the legislation is appropriate at present or does it need to be revised? (If you answered "no" to the previous question, you do not need to answer, but go to the next question)
Clear selection
4. If you think it should be changed, how? (If you answered "it's good at present" to the last question, move on to the next one)
Clear selection
5. SE plants could produce higher volumes in a short period of time, become more resistant to various diseases, and become less affected by climate change in the future. What would you need to know about SE plants to feel safe to acquire and use the plants? *
6. For this issue, it is important that you rank your answers! If you choose to buy SE plants, what do you expect to get out of them? What is the most important? No. 1 is the least important and No. 5 is the most important. *
Higher volumes (for shorter rotation)
Ability to control wood properties
Increased resistance to diseases and pests
Better adapted for the site
More homogeneous trees
7. What do you think is the greatest risk with SE plants from a production point of view? You can select more than one answer. *
8. What general risks do you expect from producing and selling SE plants? You can select more than one answer. The alternatives do not reflect actual and confirmed issues with SE plants but are given to better understand potential concerns that may exist. *
9. How do you generally view clonal forestry (not just SE plants)? *
Very negative
Very positive
10. What do you think would be the public's reaction and view of SE plants when used in forestry? *
Very negative
Very positive
11. How does Europe's research on SE relate to the rest of the world? *
12. How does Europe’s implementation of SE plant production compare to the rest of the world? *
Explanation of clone mixing
In clonal forestry, a mixture of clones is normally used for planting.
13. Who should decide which clonal mixture to use on the land to be planted? You can select more than one answer. *
14. Who do you trust to design the clone mix? You can select more than one answer. *
15. As an example from a Swedish nursery, the price for 1000 containerized Norway spruce seedlings (20-40 cm) from the breeding program with 8% or 15% expected increased growth compared to unimproved material, is 286 EUR and 345 EUR respectively. The price for cuttings  is 572 EUR and the expected increased growth 35%.  Comparable  SE plants are expected to have an even higher price but also higher growth than cuttings. How much would you consider paying for SE plants? *
16. On which sites would you choose to use SE plants? You can select more than one answer.
17. If not now, would you be interested in using SE plants in the future when the market is more established for SE plants? Please write in free comment (‘other’) if you are interested but want certain requirements to be met. *
18. Are you interested in knowing more about SE plants and their projected future in forestry operations? *
Thank you for your participation!
Your answers and opinions are a great contribution to further research of SE plants and future SE plant applications in European forestry.

Again, thank you!
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