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Advances in reproductive biology and seed production systems of Eucalyptus: The case of Eucalyptus globulus


Potts, BM and McGowen, MH and Williams, DR and Suitor, S and Jones, TH and Gore, PL and Vaillancourt, RE, Advances in reproductive biology and seed production systems of Eucalyptus: The case of Eucalyptus globulus, Southern Forests, 70, (2) pp. 145-154. ISSN 2070-2620 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2989/SOUTH.FOR.2008.


Eucalyptus globulus is the main eucalypt species grown in Australian plantations. The focus on seedling deployment systems, coupled with exploitation of large, open-pollinated base populations for breeding purposes over the last two decades, has required a detailed understanding of the reproductive biology of this species. We review our research on the reproductive biology of E. globulus, with a focus on its breeding system and advances made in seed production systems. While most improved seed is still obtained from open-pollinated seedling or grafted seed orchards, the development of the one-stop/single-visit pollination procedure has revolutionised the breeding and deployment of this species. The reduced costs of controlled pollination has meant full pedigree-control can now be maintained in large advanced-generation breeding populations and E. globulus is one of the few eucalypt species where large-scale production of manually pollinated seed for family forestry is being undertaken. Copyright © NISC Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry product quality assessment
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
UTAS Author:McGowen, MH (Dr Marian Wiltshire)
UTAS Author:Williams, DR (Dr Dean Williams)
UTAS Author:Suitor, S (Mr Shaun Suitor)
UTAS Author:Jones, TH (Mr Timothy Jones)
UTAS Author:Vaillancourt, RE (Professor Rene Vaillancourt)
ID Code:55029
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2009-03-04
Last Modified:2009-07-31

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