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Forest Tree Improvement in the People's Republic of China

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In the late summer of 1981, a six-member team of forest geneticists reviewed forest genetics and tree improvement in the People's Republic of China.

We found an understanding of the value of forest genetics and a willingness to support genetics programs. We found that most impressive progress has been made in a short time. We also found that several areas of the programs should be strengthened. Our more important observations were that (1) introduction of certain species should be continued but in a more orderly and designed manner than heretofore, (2) some direction should be given to the numerous selection programs, (3) there is a need for improved coordination between the reforestation staffs and tree improvement workers, and (4) both short-term and long-term program needs must be included.

Opportunities abound for joint and cooperative efforts that would be of direct value to the United States. Of highest priority are future exchanges of biological material including selected seed sources of pines, spruces, firs, and fast-growing hardwoods such as white elm (Ulmus pumila) and the empress tree (Paulownia spp.) The review identified at least 150 seed sources of an array of species that should be tested to meet unique needs in the United States.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: 1982-10-01

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