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Assessing genetic variation to improve stem straightness in Eucalyptus globulus


Blackburn, DP and Hamilton, MG and Harwood, CE and Baker, TG and Potts, BM, Assessing genetic variation to improve stem straightness in Eucalyptus globulus, Annals of Forest Science, 70, (5) pp. 461-470. ISSN 1286-4560 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13595-013-0277-9


Context: Stem straightness is an important trait for growers and processors of Eucalyptus globulus logs for solid-wood products.

Aims: The aims of the study were to determine the extent of genetic variation in stem deviation from straightness in E. globulus and assess the utility of a six-point subjective scoring method as a selection criterion for stem straightness.

Methods: Two E. globulus progeny trials, grown under solid-wood product regimes, were studied. At age 9 years (post-thinning), stem straightness was measured using both image analysis and a six-point subjective scale. Diameter at breast height (DBH; 1.3 m) was measured at both age 5 (pre-thinning) and age 9 years.

Results: Significant additive genetic variation was observed. Strong, positive and significant additive genetic correlations were observed between the stem straightness assessment methods and between DBH at ages 5 and 9 years. Significant positive genetic correlations were shown between subjectively scored stem straightness and DBH at both ages 5 and 9 years.

Conclusion: The six-point subjective scoring method is a cost-effective selection criterion for stem straightness in E. globulus. The image measurement technique may be applied where objective estimates of stem straightness are required, for training purposes and to verify subjective scores.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eucalyptus globulus, heritability, correlation, stem straightness, image analysis
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Tree improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Native forests
UTAS Author:Blackburn, DP (Dr David Blackburn)
UTAS Author:Hamilton, MG (Dr Matthew Hamilton)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
ID Code:86527
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-09-20
Last Modified:2017-11-09

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