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Inheritance of Monoterpene Composition in Cortical Oleoresin of Slash Pine

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Samples of oleoresin were obtained from 811 slash pines by wounding the branch cortex. The trees comprised 16 clones and 45 control-pollinated families, produced from matings among 21 parents. Samples were analyzed by gas-liquid chromatography. Composition varied greatly among individual trees, mostly as a result of genetic factors. Nongenetic effects included a slight decrease in the relative content of -phellandrene with increasing time of sample storage. No effects of tree age, which varied from 2 to 20 years, could be shown. Variation in content of -pinene and myrcene was concluded to be controlled by two alleles at a single locus, with high amounts being dominant over low. No evidence for the presence of linkage between the genes causing segregation for -pinene and myrcene content was obtained. All of the major constituents (α-pinene, -pinene, myrcene, and -phellandrene) showed very strong broad-sense heritabilities and at least moderately strong narrow-sense heritabilities. Forest Sci. 17:381-387.
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Keywords: Pinus elliottii; genetic variation; turpentine composition

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief Geneticist, Southeastern Forest Exp. Sta., Forest Service, USDA, Olustee, Fla.

Publication date: 1971-09-01

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