Development and selection of commercially viable cultivars from forest species for fruit.
An account is presented of the selection of superior strains, development of propagation techniques and appraisal of financial prospects or feasibility of large scale nursery and plantation development of several principal forest fruit trees: Dacryodes edulis (Burseraceae), Irvingia gabonensis (Irvingiaceae) and Treculia africana subsp. africana (Moraceae). The very great potential for selection, breeding and enhanced utilization of these species in traditional and future farming systems is indicated. Several forest fruit trees already generate substantial cash income to the rural people in developing countries. Some of the trees also provide raw materials for industrial use.