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Somatic embryogenesis tissue culture for applying varietal forestry to conifer speciesAuthor(s): Steven C. Grossnickle; John Pait
Source: In: Dumroese, R. K.; Riley, L. E., tech. coords. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations-2007. Proc. RMRS-P-57. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 135-139
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Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe use of tree improvement practices to enhance the genetic characteristics of planted seedlings is a forestry practice that consistently shows a high return on investment by increasing yields obtained from planted forests. The use of improved seeds is an effective way of bringing genetic improvement to forest regeneration programs. Seed orchards are currently used to produce seeds in large commercial quantities from trees having desired genetic traits. However, improved seeds do not provide a method to multiply specific varieties that have desirable traits. Vegetative propagation techniques from full-sib seeds provide the best means for doing varietal forestry by multiplying the improved genetic resource developed from tree improvement programs.
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CitationGrossnickle, Steven C.; Pait, John. 2008. Somatic embryogenesis tissue culture for applying varietal forestry to conifer species. In: Dumroese, R. K.; Riley, L. E., tech. coords. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations-2007. Proc. RMRS-P-57. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 135-139
Keywordsvegetative propagation, rooted cuttings, loblolly pine, southern yellow pine
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