Camcore is a non-profit, international tree breeding organization, headquartered at North Carolina State University. Camcore was formed in 1980 by private industry, and works on behalf of its members to maintain broad genetic bases of the best-adapted and productive species for use in plantation forestry. We currently have 27 active members in 11 countries in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
Camcore works internationally with four tree genera: Pines, Eucalypts, Gmelina and Teak, in tropical, subtropical and subtemperate regions around the world. We also work with with several threatened species native to the southern USA. Camcore differs from other domestic and international tree improvement efforts in that one of its major emphases, in addition to breeding, is the establishment of ex situ conservation plantings of tree species and populations. In addition to the active members, Camcore has a staff of 9 professionals who are University employees. The staff organizes and guides members in projects in four broad working groups and associated activities: Gene Conservation, Tree Improvement, Species Characterization, and Enabling Technologies.