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Genetic effects of forest management practices: global synthesis and perspectives


Ratnam, W and Rajora, OP and Finkeldey, R and Aravanopoulos, F and Bouvet, J-M and Vaillancourt, RE and Kanashiro, M and Fady, B and Tomita, M and Vinson, C, Genetic effects of forest management practices: global synthesis and perspectives, Forest Ecology and Management, 333 pp. 52-65. ISSN 0378-1127 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.06.008


Understanding the genetic impacts of forest management practices is crucial for conservation and management of forest genetic resources. Forest management practices based on selective and clear cut systems followed by natural or artificial regeneration can impact population structure and mating patterns, thus gene flow and genetic diversity. Survival and productivity of both tree and non-tree species can be compromised or, possibly, enhanced. The extent of genetic impacts depend on the management system applied, stand structure as well as speciesí distribution, demography, biological attributes and ecology. The impact of management practices is reviewed and synthesized for temperate, boreal and tropical forests based on experimental and simulation studies. In addition, the effects of genetically improved planting materials and establishment of large scale plantations on natural forests are examined. Recommendations are made for genetically sustainable forest management practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:forest management practices, timber production, genetic diversity, population structure, mating system, temperate, boreal and tropical forests, forest, trees
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Genetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Vaillancourt, RE (Professor Rene Vaillancourt)
ID Code:98502
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:68
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-02-18
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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