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Variabilité de la densité du bois et de la production des provenances d'épinette blanche, 20 ans après plantation. 1985. Beaulieu, J.; Corriveau, A. Can. J. For. Res. 15: 833-838.

Year: 1985

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 14275

Language: French

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The variability of wood specific gravity and yield of 23 white spruce provenances from the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence forest region was studied 20 years after planting at Harrington Forest Farm, Québec. The results indicate no relationship between wood specific gravity of provenances and their respective growth performance. The southwestern section of this region showed a small decrease in wood specific gravity, but it was compensated for by a strong increase in volume growth, resulting in an important gain in dry weight productivity. The variability of white spruce wood specific gravity was split into three sources: 11% was attributed to provenance differences, 8% to provenance and repetition interaction, and the remainder to differences among trees of the same provenance and to experimental error. In a breeding program, a first selection should be made at the provenance level on the basis of volume productivity and a second selection on the basis of wood specific gravity values within the selected provenances, to maximize the overall genetic and economic gain.