Use of selection indices to increase tree height and to control damaging agents in 2-year-old balsam poplar

D. E. Riemenschneider, B. G. McMahon, M. E. Ostry

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Abstract

Cuttings were collected from Populus balsamifera representing 21 populations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, and a replicated nursery trial containing 153 clones was established. Tree height, phenology, leaf morphology, and resistance to damaging agents were evaluated during the second growing season, and genetic and phenotypic variances and covariances among traits were estimated. Clones differed significantly in all traits, but populations differed only in tree height, number of leaves produced after August 31, bud-set date, number of sylleptic branches, and severity of Septoria leaf spot symptoms. Tree height was positively correlated with number of leaves, bud-set date, most measures of leaf size, and resistance to Melampsora leaf rust. Results supported use of restricted selection indices to curb increased susceptibility to damaging agents that would otherwise result from selection for tree height. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-567
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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