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Genetic improvement of temperate eucalypts in Australia (Mejoramiento genético de eucaliptos de zonas templadas en Australia)

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Potts, BM and Hamilton, M and Pilbeam, DJ, Genetic improvement of temperate eucalypts in Australia (Mejoramiento genetico de eucaliptos de zonas templadas en Australia), Mejoramiento Genetico de Eucaliptos de en Chile, INFOR Instituto Forestal, R Ipinza, S Barros, B Gutierrez, N Borrahlo (ed), Chile, pp. 441-443. ISBN 978-956-318-091-6 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]


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Abstract

In addition to its 116 million ha of native eucalypt forest (ABARES 2011), Australia has 924,000 ha of eucalypt plantations (Gavran 2012), which is approximately 5% of the global estate (Iglesias-Trabado et al. 2009). The majority of the Australian eucalypt plantation estate was established between 1995 and 2009, an expansion that was mainly driven by managed investment schemes (Gavran and Parsons 2011), and most were established as pulpwood plantations (85% - Gavran 2012). Most of these eucalypt plantations are in southern, temperate regions of Australia, and Eucalyptus globulus Labill. (Tasmanian Blue Gum) and E. nitens (Deane & Maiden) Maiden (Shining Gum) are the main species grown (Table 1). Both species belong to the subgenus Symphyomyrtus, section Maidenaria (Brooker 2000). While E. globulus and E. nitens are the focus of this review, it is important to note that there are numerous other eucalypt species being domesticated in Australia for diverse purposes ranging from pulpwood and solid wood production, oil production, through to environmental plantings for diverse purposes such as carbon sequestration, salinity reduction and mine rehabilitation (e.g. Byrne 1999; Harwood et al. 2007; O'Brien et al. 2007; Lee et al. 2010; Lee et al. 2011; Bush 2011; Bush et al. 2011; Hendrati et al. 2011).

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:genetic improvement of temperate eucalypts in Australia
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Forestry Sciences
Research Field:Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood Plantations
Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
Author:Hamilton, M (Dr Matthew Hamilton)
ID Code:98313
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-02-11
Last Modified:2016-09-06
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