Canadian Forest Service Publications

Genetic variation its exploitation in white and Engelmann spruce. 1969. Roche, L.; Holst, M.J.; Teich, A.H. Forestry Chronicle 45(6): 445-448.

Year: 1969

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 15919

Language: English

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Abstract

Genetic variation in white and Engelmann spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss and P. engelmannii Parry) reported in the literature is reviewed, and proposals are made to use this information to increase productivity in current forestry practice and to direct future research. Because research in the genetic variation of these species has only recently been initiated, it will take decades before the products of breeding can be utilized. The best way to exploit genetic variation in the species during the long waiting period between the initiation of a breeding program and the attainment of its objectives is to (1) demarcate seed zones, (2) establish seed production areas, (3) maintain a seed register and, (4) locate nurseries in appropriate climatic zones (match provenance with nursery). The forester who follows these practices will likely succeed in producing a productive man-made forest.