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Genetically Improved Conifers for the Lake States

The Lake States provenance test of jack pine was started by Paul Rudolf of the USDA Forest Service in 1951. That marked the beginning of two decades of serious tree improvement research in the region. In this paper I shall recount some of the progress that has been made. But it is also necessary to consider the extent to which genetic improvements have been put to practical use. We cannot expect continued research support without providing evidence that better trees are being planted because of our efforts.

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Author(s): Johnathan W. Wright

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Lake States Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1971