Home Publications Tree Improvement and Genetics Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference 31st Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (2011) Intensifying tree breeding programs and the impact on forest productivity and Profitability for landowners in the southern US

Intensifying tree breeding programs and the impact on forest productivity and Profitability for landowners in the southern US

The NCSU Cooperative Tree Improvement Program continuously works to discover innovative ways to accelerate tree breeding, while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. For example, our group has initiated tandem selection for fusiform rust resistance for elite breeding populations followed by clonal testing to select for growth and quality traits. We are testing new genomic tools for genome-wide estimated breeding values, and we are using markers to construct realized genomic relationship matrices to increase accuracies of breeding values to increase genetic gains. Our fourth cycle breeding strategy, now being developed, will incorporate opportunities to utilize genomic data.


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Author(s): Steve McKeand

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