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Achievements in Forest Tree Improvement in Australia and New Zealand 9. Genetic improvement of Eucalyptus nitens in Australia

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Hamilton, MG and Joyce, K and Williams, DR and Dutkowski, GW and Potts, BM (2008) Achievements in Forest Tree Improvement in Australia and New Zealand 9. Genetic improvement of Eucalyptus nitens in Australia. Australian Forestry, 71 (2). pp. 82-93. ISSN 0004-9158

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Abstract

Eucalyptus nitens is the second most widely planted eucalypt species in Australia. The species is principally grown for the production of pulpwood but substantial areas are also managed for solid-wood production. The first large-scale E. nitens progeny trials were established in the 1970s and up to two cycles of breeding have since been completed. Estimates of genetic gains achieved through breeding are not routinely published but numerous genetic gains trials have been established. Advances in the understanding of E. nitens genetic architecture and reproductive biology have been integrated into operational breeding and deployment programs. Despite extensive research into alternative deployment strategies, improved E. nitens genotypes are almost universally deployed as seedlings derived from open-pollinated seed-orchards.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: plantations; tree breeding; genetic improvement; progeny trials; seed orchards; pulpwood, solid wood; Eucalyptus nitens
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Forestry
Page Range: pp. 82-93
ISSN: 0004-9158
Additional Information: BM Potts.
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2008 05:16
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:42
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/6788
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