The clonal propagation means propagation of genetically identical individuals through asexual reproduction by vegetative propagation. The clonal technology offers distinct advantage as the clonal seedlings are produced directly from vegetative parts of genetically superior trees which give true-to-type progeny with genetic qualities identical to the mother plant.
The superiority of clonal seedlings are reflected in their fast growth, high yield, disease resistance with most desirable qualities leading to higher productivity, better uniformity and improved qualities of the produce. Four clonal nurseries with two mist chambers each at Lohara (Chandrapur), Chulband (Gondia), Makhmalabad (Nashik) and Wada (Thane) with a total annual production capacity of 8 lakh plants have been operationalised since 1998 season.
The principal species chosen for this activity include Teak, Casuarinas, Gmelina, Dalbergia sissoo, Acacia catechu, Eucalyptus and fruit species such as Tamarind, Anona and Awala. At present clonal seedlings of 42 tested and genetically superior clones of Encalyptus procured initially from ITC Bhadrachalam are under production and clonal propagation concerning other chosen species such as Casuarina, Sissoo, Tamarind has also been initiated.