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Family indices for seed-orchard selectionAuthor(s): Gene Namkoong
Source: In: Joint Proceedings of the Second Genetics Workshop of the Society of American Foresters and the Seventh Lake States Forest Tree Improvement Conference; Res. Pap. NC-6. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station. 7-12
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionMany seed orchard programs include a stage at which clones or seedlings are culled on the basis of progeny tests. Though breeding systems which involve progeny testing differ in efficiency, they all provide information on an individual's breeding value through its own performance and that of parental or seedling relatives. A combined index on any one trait, using information from a set of relatives, is desirable. However, tree breeders appear to be planning only limited use of indices on data from relatives. In so doing, they may be foregoing a considerable advantage, for the increased gain by index selection might often be substantial.
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CitationNamkoong, Gene. 1966. Family indices for seed-orchard selection. In: Joint Proceedings of the Second Genetics Workshop of the Society of American Foresters and the Seventh Lake States Forest Tree Improvement Conference; Res. Pap. NC-6. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station. 7-12
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