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Genetics, tree improvement and PSPs

Authors: Chris Goulding
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2015, Issue N.Z.J.For. 60(1) 2015, pp 2, May 2015
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: For a moderately fast growing, intensively managed exotic planted species such as radiata pine in New Zealand, genetics and tree improvement is an important subject. Picking the wrong variety or provenance will severely reduce profitability - there are still a few foresters who can remember the Ponderosa stands on the Low Level Road at Kaingaroa that were planted with stock originating from an unsuitable provenance. At the same time improved tree stocks offer much benefit, as can be seen on the back page by the comparison between a current stand with the old-crop radiata on the frost flats of the Central North Island.
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