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The genetic architecture of a Eucalyptus globulus full-sib breeding population in Australia


Li, Y and Dutkowski, GW and Apiolaza, LA and Pilbeam, DJ and Costa e Silva, J and Potts, BM, The genetic architecture of a Eucalyptus globulus full-sib breeding population in Australia, Forest Genetics, 12, (3) pp. 167-179. ISSN 1335-048X (2007) [Refereed Article]


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Genetic parameters were estimated for diameter at breast height (DBH), height and core basic density (CBD) from ten second-generation control-pollinated Eucalyptus globulus progeny trials in Australia. Using multi-site analysis we aimed, firstly, to determine a suitable linear model to fit to the data and, secondly, to determine the relative importance of additive and non-additive genetic effects. A model with heterogeneous additive and error variances was used for all traits. The individual site heritabilities averaged 0.12 for DBH, 0.11 for height and 0.44 for CBD. Over all sites, the ratios of SCA (specific combining ability) and subrace to additive genetic variance for DBH (0.25 and 0.5) and height (0.30 and 0.25) were significantly greater than zero, but not for CBD (0.08 and 1.00). Inter-site additive genetic correlations were 0.71 for DBH, 0.72 for height and 1.07 for CBD, and all were not significantly different from 1. This study suggests that, for early growth, levels of dominance are comparable to additive genetic effects in this breeding population and there are significant genetic differences between subraces. In contrast, for CBD most genetic variation was additive and significant differences between subraces could not be detected with the small sample.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eucalyptus globulus, model testing, non-additive genetic effects, diameter at breast height,height, core basic density
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:Li, Y (Mr Yongjun Li)
UTAS Author:Dutkowski, GW (Mr Greg Dutkowski)
UTAS Author:Apiolaza, LA (Dr Luis Apiolaza)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
ID Code:86544
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-09-23
Last Modified:2013-10-01
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