Home Publications The Genetics and Breeding of Southern Pines Part VI. Breeding and Southern Pines Chapter 20 - Methods of Tree Breeding and Their Characteristics

Chapter 20 - Methods of Tree Breeding and Their Characteristics

Most tree breeding projects have limited time and funds; thus, efficiency or simplicity of various breeding methods becomes very important, as pointed out in the chapter on research needs. The chosen method must not only work, it must work better than any alternative method. Execution of a breeding plan requiring four generations of an annual plant is far simpler than four generations of forest trees. Thus, the tree breeder will concentrate on achieving the greatest gain in each generation, rather than on only the results after a series of generations. The individual tree breeding methods discussed here fit into the organization plan for the South described in chapter 16. Advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed so that they can be used effectively at the proper time and place by the keyman in all this process, namely, the creative, applied tree breeder. Also, the more important technical subjects that should be used to enhance various breeding methods are given.


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Author(s): Keith W. Dorman

Publication: The Genetics and Breeding of Southern Pines - Part V. Mutations and Hybrids

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