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Eucalypt Domestication and Breeding

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Fast-growing eucalypts have long been recognized as useful in helping to meet the demand for wood throughout the warmer parts of the world. Eucalypts are exceptionally versatile and are grown in numerous small woods and windbreaks to produce poles as well as in extensive plantations managed by the pulp and paper industries. This timely book shows how to breed improved eucalypts that will provide more and better wood on appropriate sites selected through sound planning. The author emphasizes making greater use of the immense richness of the genetic resources of the eucalypts, especially in the first or second generation of domesticated "wild" eucalypts harvested for wood production. The book details aspects of variation, selection, and reproduction that are unique to eucalypts. The author cogently asserts the case that large gains in production and quality can be obtained for relatively little cost by choosing the best geographic seed sources. Once suitable base populations have been assembled, the author argues, well-planned recurrent selection and mating will assure continued long-term genetic gain. This book is essential reading for practicing foresters managing eucalypt plantations and will be of significant interest to planners and administrators in aid agencies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198548669
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

CSIRO Division of Forestry Canberra

Eucalyptus and Forestry Services

CSIRO Division of Forestry, Canberra


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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Eucalypts natural and planted 17
3 Genetic resources of eucalypts 27
4 Matching species and provenances to site 37
5 Testing species and provenances 49
6 Eucalyptus camaldulensis 60
7 Eucalyptus deglupta 73
8 Eucalyptus delegatensis 81
9 Eucalyptus fastigata 88
10 Eucalyptus globulus 93
11 Eucalyptus grandis and E. saligna 103
12 Eucalyptus nitens 114
13 Eucalyptus obliqua 123
14 Eucalyptus regnans 131
15 Eucalyptus tereticornis 139
16 Eucalyptus urophylla 144
17 Eucalyptus viminalis 154
18 Breeding strategies and breeding plans 162
19 Reproductive biology of eucalypts 181
20 Selection and breeding 199
21 Seed production 211
22 Mass vegetative propagation 228
23 Looking ahead 247
Glossary 251
References 253
Index 281
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