The BSF maintains a seed stock 40-50 forest species, selected for their importance in ecological restoration programs, ornamentation and commercial reforestation. Internally we maintain strict quality control to ensure the physical quality of our seeds. Teak and melina species are also certified by the Government of Costa Rica’s National Seed Office.
Our seeds have been used successfully by reforesters and independent companies as well as government reforestation programs in several countries of tropical America, Asia and Africa.
Annually we distribute 15 to 20 tons of seeds to more than 15 countries worldwide, with CATIE’s backing and guarantee.
Attached to each delivery of seeds is technical information regarding the proper handling of the seeds, production in the nursery and the establishment of plantations. Our specialists can also advise you to ensure the success of your project, by telephone, in writing, or by visiting your project.
The BSF provides training for groups of producers, technicians and professionals in the places and countries where requested, usually through short courses of three to four days, on topics such as the establishment and management of sources of improved seed production, nursery management and silviculture.
The BSF also produces coffee clones from F1 hybrids, which were developed by CATIE, CIRAD and PROMECAFE in the 90's and have been evaluated in Central America for more than 15 years. The plants are produced from small rooted cuttings, and are delivered in trays for their final development in the nursery.