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Rapid stem form improvement in Western white gum through phenotypic mass selection and vegetative propagation

Rapid stem form improvement in Western white gum through phenotypic mass selection and vegetative propagation

Specifications

  • Client: Forestry Plantations Queensland
  • Scope:

    Design and implementation of a program for Rapid stem form improvement in Western white gum including:

    • trial evaluation of critical cuttings architecture parameters
    • mass phenotypic selection of production populations
    • felling, and detailed assessment of selected plus trees
    • cuttings propagation analysis
    • field trial design for clonal evaluation
  • Benefit to Client:

    Western white gum is an important species in Forestry Plantations Queensland’s hardwood plantation program.  However, stem form and variable growth performance were major limiting factors to commercial plantation viability.  The project provided the client with a rapid, low cost approach to understanding the potential for vegetative propagation, and subsequent capture of plus trees for clonal evaluation and timely operational introduction to commercial planting stock to improve performance of commercial plantations.

  • Market Sector: Renewable resources - agriculture, grazing and forestry
  • Capabilities:
    • Forest and fodder crops
    • Tree and crop improvement
    • General land, water and vegetation technical services
  • Location: Queensland
  • Year: 2007 - 2008 - 2009