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Forest Tree Improvement in Missouri

Forest tree improvement in Missouri is experiencing a renaissance. A statewide forest tree improvement program plan has been developed, and first- and second-priority species have been identified. Of all the species in the program, black walnut has undergone the most intensive level of improvement to date, and preliminary eight-year progeny test results indicate significant growth gains over nursery run stock. Desirable traits, improvement strategies, and current status of all first-priority programs are reviewed. While second-priority program plans have been developed, their initiation has been delayed since funding is currently not available.

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Author(s): Henry E. Stelzer

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - North Central Tree Improvement Conference - 1981