The potential to improve growth rate and quality traits of stem straightness and branching habit when breeding Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr

@article{Cameron2011ThePT,
  title={The potential to improve growth rate and quality traits of stem straightness and branching habit when breeding Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr},
  author={Andrew David Cameron and Stuart G. Kennedy and Steven J. Lee},
  journal={Annals of Forest Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={69},
  pages={363-371}
}
BackgroundTree breeders continue to use visual assessments of stem shape and branching habit as part of their selection criteria because these are key features used by timber merchants in assessing stand value. However, it is not known how effective these assessments are in introducing real improvements in stem and branching traits to breeding and production populations of Sitka spruce. This study determined the genetic characteristics of several traits associated with stem straightness and… CONTINUE READING

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