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Traits Measured on Seedlings Can Be Used to Select for Later Volume of Loblolly Pine

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Seed was collected from individual trees in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) stands in southeast Texas. Although selection on seed characteristics proved ineffective as an indirect selection method for improving five-year volume, selection for seedling characteristics prior to outplanting proved very effective. Families selected in greenhouse and nursery beds averaged 36 percent greater volume after five years in the field than checklots from the same stands. Seed from the southernmost stands produced more volume than seed from more northern stands. Seed weights of selected families were significantly greater than those of appropriate checks.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Long is superintendant of orchards, International Paper Company, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963

Publication date: 1984-02-01

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