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    The ever increasing demand for forest products and the progressive deterioration of natural forests means that the forest industry cannot continue to rely on the exploitation of natural forests ( Jain, 1997; Tzfira et al., 1998). To meet the increasing demand for forest products while more forest land is needed for non-timber uses, the replacement of natural populations of trees with cultivated varieties is absolutely crucial. At present, short-rotation intensive culture of hardwoods appears to augment this need very well. However, there will be continuous pressure on existing forest lands because of limited expansion of arable land, rapid growth of human population, improvement of economic status, environmental degradation, deforestation, global warming, and water shortages (Jain, 1998a).

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    Minocha, R.; Jain, S.M. 2000. Tissue culture of woody plants and its relevance to molecular biology. In: Jain, S.M.; Minocha, S.C., eds. Molecular biology of woody plants. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers: 315-340.

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