Selection and Micropropagation of Eucalyptus Cloning Candidates
Eucalyptus species demonstrating spectacularly rapid growth, adaptability to diverse sites, genetic plasticity, and coppice regeneration are prime candidates for afforestation of vast lands on short development schedules. An operational eucalyptus technology exists in south Florida, based upon commercial planting which began in 1972. This work was developed by the U.S. Forest Service researchers working cooperatively with state, industrial, and private interests. Over a period of 10 years, 8.8 million seedlings of Eucalyptus grandis Hill ex. Maiden have been planted on 6,475 hectares in southwest Florida. Every outplanted seedling was grown from genetically improved seed collected from local seed orchards.