Canadian Forest Service Publications

Developing improved nursery culture for the production of rooted cuttings of Canada yew (Taxus canadensis Marsh.) 2005. Webster, L.; Smith, R.F.; Cameron, S.I.; Krasowski, M. Pages 95-100 in Proceedings: 32nd Plant Growth Regulator Society of America Annual Conference, July 24-27, 2005, Newport Beach, CA, USA. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Atlantic Forestry Centre, Fredericton, NB.

Year: 2005

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 32109

Language: English

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Since the early 1990s, when the first anti-cancer drug containing paclitaxel was marketed, yew species (Taxus spp.) around the world have been threatened by unsustainable harvesting practices. Canada yew (Taxus canadensis Marsh.) a species native to eastern Canada and the north eastern United States is now facing similar pressures. In response to an increasing demand for biomass, in 1997, a domestication program was started. In 2003, a series of nursery trials was initiated to evaluate the potential of several plant growth regulators and cultural treatments for improving rooting of recalcitrant clones. This poster reports initial results from these trials.