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Advances in Genetics and Tree Breeding

Tree improvement has progressed rapidly during recent years to the point that major decisions must be made and major changes employed. Early tree improvement efforts were "simple" in that they essentially consisted of learning the biology of the species IIand variation patterns, selecting for the desired characteristics, packaging" them into suitable individuals and mass-producing the packages for operational planting. This "simple-minded approach"' has proven to be very effective and in some areas such as in the southern United States, parts of Australia and New Zealand, parts of South America and in Europe, it is time to move on into more advanced and genetically complicated breeding methods.

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Author(s): Bruce J. Zobel

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Northeastern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1981