Introduction to forest genetics.
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.