Basic Concepts in Recurrent Selection

  • Gene Namkoong
  • Hyun Chung Kang
  • Jean Sébastien Brouard
Part of the Monographs on Theoretical and Applied Genetics book series (GENETICS, volume 11)


In Chapter 1, we briefly discussed the difference between agricultural crop breeding and forest tree breeding. We presented the need to broaden the concept of tree breeding to include the ability to handle a multiplicity of objectives and environments. We also discussed mechanisms of natural selection, and concepts of gene expression and environmental variation in selective breeding, to emphasize the need to breed trees within an economically and ecologically sound context. In Chapter 2 we introduced basic population genetic concepts and emphasized the importance of knowing the dynamics of population-level events to enhance our capability for making sound breeding decisions.


Breeding Population Vegetative Propagation Seed Orchard Recurrent Selection Progeny Testing 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gene Namkoong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hyun Chung Kang
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jean Sébastien Brouard
    • 5
  1. 1.Southeastern Forest Experiment StationU.S. Department of Agriculture Forest ServiceRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeneticsNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  3. 3.North Central Forest Experiment StationUSDA Forest ServiceMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Department of ForestryUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  5. 5.International Resources Group Ltd.USA

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