Relationship of heartwood traits with diameter growth, implications for genetic selection in Pinus radiata

  title={Relationship of heartwood traits with diameter growth, implications for genetic selection in Pinus radiata},
  author={Stuart G. Kennedy and Alvin D. Yanchuk and Paul A. Jefferson},
  journal={Tree Genetics & Genomes},
The heartwood of radiata pine (Pinus radiata D. Don) is not favoured commercially because of its darker appearance, unreliable durability and difficulty to treat chemically; consequently, light-coloured sapwood, which is more easily treated with decay-resistant chemicals, is of more value. To decrease the amount of heartwood or increase sapwood cross-sectional area by genetic selection, the genetics of sapwood cross-sectional area (SWA), sapwood area percentage (SWAP) and number of heartwood… CONTINUE READING


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