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A comparison of genetic information from open-pollinated and control-pollinated progeny test in two eucalypt species


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Hodge, GR, Volker, PW, Potts, BM and Owen, JV 1996 , 'A comparison of genetic information from open-pollinated and control-pollinated progeny test in two eucalypt species' , Theoretical and Applied Genetics, vol. 92, no. 1 , pp. 53-63 , doi: 10.1007/BF00222951.

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Genetic-parameter estimates and parental breeding-value predictions were compared from open-pollinated and control-pollinated progeny populations of Eucalyptus globulus and two populations of E. nitens. For E. globulus there were two types of open-pollinated populations (native stand open-pollinated and seed orchard open-pollinated) and two types of control-pollinated populations (intra-provenance and inter-provenance full-sib families). For E. nitens there were two populations, a seed orchard open-pollinated population and intra-provenance full-sib families. Progeny tests were established across multiple sites and 2-year height and diameter were measured and volume calculated. Genetic parameters from native stand open-pollinated E. globulus were unlike the parameters from the other three E. globulus populations; heritability estimates were severely inflated, presumably due to high levels, and possibly differential levels, of inbreeding depression relative to the other populations. Estimates of dominance variance in the E. globulus full-sib populations were high, but were zero in the E. nitens population. Correlations among parental breeding values, predicted using data from the different populations, were generally low and non-significant, with two exceptions: predictions from the two E. globulus full-sib populations were significantly correlated (r = 0.54, P = 0.001), as were predictions from the E. nitens seed orchard OP and full-sib population (r = 0.61, P = 0.08). There was some indication that superior parents of E. globulus native stand open-pollinated families also tended to have above-average breeding values based on the performance of intra-provenance full-sib offspring. The. consequences of these results for exploitation of base-population collections from native stands are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hodge, GR and Volker, PW and Potts, BM and Owen, JV
Keywords: Eucalyptus globulus ; Hardwood forest tree ; Genetic parameter ; Breeding value ; Heritability ; Quantitative character ; Environment ; Myrtaceae ; Dicotyledones ; Angiospermae ; Spermatophyta ;
Journal or Publication Title: Theoretical and Applied Genetics
ISSN: 0040-5752
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/BF00222951
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BM Potts. The original publication is available at

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