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Seed Source Testing of Alabama Loblolly Pine: Implications for Seed Movements and Tree Improvement Programs

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Eight Alabama loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) seed sources were compared by establishing one plantation near each source of seed. On the basis of growth after 14 years, the eight sources segregated into three groups that corresponded with southern, central, and northern geographic areas. Southern sources generally had the largest heights and volumes, while central sources were intermediate and northern sources smallest. Although some source-by-location interactions did occur, southern sources could be utilized in the central portion of the state and central sources could be utilized in northern areas to provide above-average growth. Implications for tree improvement programs are made.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Research Data Analysis, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849

Publication date: 1984-11-01

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