Basic Concepts in Recurrent Selection
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.
KeywordsBreeding Population Vegetative Propagation Seed Orchard Recurrent Selection Progeny Testing
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