Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Introduction to forest genetics.

Abstract

An introductory textbook of tree breeding for both foresters and commercial growers. No previous training in genetics and forestry is required: concepts and experimental techniques are explained in simple language, with many interesting photos of seed orchards and trial plantations. Each chapter concludes with a set of study questions. The context is world-wide but the book is particularly informative about the USA and Canada. The 19 chapters are entitled: Introduction; Concepts from basic genetics; Additional basic genetic concepts; Population genetics - selection; Population genetics - mutation, migration, isolation; Useful techniques - controlled pollination; Useful techniques - vegetative propagation; Useful techniques - establishment and measurement of test plantations; Selective breeding - general principles and methods; Choice of breeding method and type of seed orchard; Examples of progress through selective breeding and seed orchard management; Estimation of heritability and genetic gain; Provenance testing; Geographic variation in Scotch Pine [Pinus sylvestris]; Geographic variation in American trees; Species and racial hybridization; Species and racial hybridization - practical application; Introduction of exotic species; and Polyploidy, aneuploidy and haploidy. The book concludes with a list of the common names of 218 trees with their botanical names, a glossary, and a subject index.