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Advances in reproductive biology and seed production systems of Eucalyptus: The case of Eucalyptus globulus


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Potts, BM, McGowen, MH, Williams, DR, Suitor, S, Jones, TH, Gore, PL and Vaillancourt, RE 2007 , 'Advances in reproductive biology and seed production systems of Eucalyptus: The case of Eucalyptus globulus', paper presented at the IUFRO Working group 2.08.03 – Eucalypts and diversity: balancing productivity and sustainability, 22-26 October 2007, Durban, South Africa.

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Eucalyptus globulus is the main eucalypt species grown in Australian plantations. The focus
on seedling deployment systems, coupled with exploitation of large, open-pollinated base
populations for breeding purposes over the last two decades, has required a detailed
understanding of the reproductive biology of this species. We review our research on the
reproductive biology of E. globulus, with a focus on it’s breeding system and advances made
in seed production systems. While most improved seed is still obtained from open-pollinated
seedling or grafted seed orchards, the development of the one-stop/single-visit pollination
procedure has revolutionised the breeding and deployment of this species. The reduced
costs of controlled pollination has meant full pedigree-control can now be maintained in large
advanced generation breeding populations and E. globulus is one of the few eucalypt
species where large-scale production of manually pollinated seed for family forestry is being

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Potts, BM and McGowen, MH and Williams, DR and Suitor, S and Jones, TH and Gore, PL and Vaillancourt, RE
Keywords: reproductive biology Eucalyptus globulus seed production
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BM Potts. This is a preprint of an article whose final form has been published in Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science Volume 70, Number 2 copyright (c)2008 NISC Pty Ltd.
The Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science is available online at

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