Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 611–622 | Cite as

Variation and selection analysis of Pinus koraiensis clones in northeast China

  • Deyang Liang
  • Changjun Ding
  • Guanghao Zhao
  • Weiwei Leng
  • Min Zhang
  • Xiyang Zhao
  • Guanzheng Qu
Original Paper


Understanding genetic variation is important for efficiently selecting excellent clones and utilizing genetic resources during tree breeding. We investigated 16 growth traits of 50 32-year-old Pinus koraiensis clones. Analyses of variance showed that all the test traits differed significantly among clones. Average height, diameter at breast height (DBH), and volume of all clones were 10.41 m, 21.30 cm, and 0.148 m3, respectively. Phenotypic coefficients of variation and repeatabilities of traits ranged from 4.37 to 48.03% and from 0.013 to 0.900, respectively. There exists significant positive correlations among heights, diameter at different heights (1.3, 3.0, 5.0 m), and volumes; genetic correlation was close to phenotype correlation. Using four growth traits (height, DBH, volume, average crown width) as indices for a comprehensive evaluation, five clones (PK 11, PK 19, PK 04, PK 14, and PK 28), whose traits scored in the top 10%, were selected as elite clones. For these clones, genetic gains in height, DBH, volume and crown height were 8.58, 13.02, 32.72 and 3.83%, respectively. These results provide important information for improving P. koraiensis breeding programs.


Genetic variation Replication Selection Pinus koraiensis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deyang Liang
    • 1
  • Changjun Ding
    • 2
  • Guanghao Zhao
    • 3
  • Weiwei Leng
    • 3
  • Min Zhang
    • 4
  • Xiyang Zhao
    • 1
  • Guanzheng Qu
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and BreedingNortheast Forestry UniversityHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding, Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Key Laboratory of Tree Breeding and CultivationState Forestry AdministrationBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Longjing Forestry BureauLongjingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.The Graduate School of Yanbian UniversityYanbianPeople’s Republic of China

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