Tammy Swain

Dr Tammy Swain
Project leader: Eucalypt base populations
PhD (Plant Breeding) - University of KwaZulu-Natal

Tammy has 20 years’ experience in Forestry Tree Improvement and has recently been awarded her PhD, which focussed on developing an advanced generation breeding programme for Eucalyptus nitens using quantitative genetics. Her MSc was on the development of biotechnological techniques (tissue culture and the use of isozymes for fingerprinting) for the investigation of aluminium tolerance in white clover (Trifolium repens).    

Her expertise and research interests lie in tree improvement in cold tolerant eucalypt species and development of a strong genetic frame-work for growth traits in these species, as well as the testing and improvement of alternative eucalypt species.


Title Authors Source Year Sort ascending
Eucalyptus badjensis; a potential alternative to temperate commercial eucalypts with selection and breeding Cele J, Swain T ICFR Bulletin 02-2016 2016
An investigation of assumptions made in estimating genetic parameters and predicting genetic gain in a Eucalyptus nitens breeding programme in South Africa Swain T-L, Verryn SD, Laing MD New Forests 46:7-21 2016
Monitoring the chemistry and monosaccharide ratio of Eucalyptus dunnii wood by near infrared spectroscopy Zhou C, Wei J, Via BK, Chetty M, Swain T-L Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy 24:537-548 2016