Forest Tree Breeding in Europe

Current State-of-the-Art and Perspectives

  • Luc E Pâques

Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Luc E. Pâques
    Pages 1-9
  3. Breeding of Conifers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Luc E. Pâques, Elena Foffová, Berthold Heinze, Marie-Anne Lelu-Walter, Mirko Liesebach, Gwenael Philippe
      Pages 13-122
    3. Gunnar Jansson, Darius Danusevičius, Helmut Grotehusman, Jan Kowalczyk, Diana Krajmerova, Tore Skrøppa et al.
      Pages 123-176
    4. Steve Lee, David Thompson, Jon Kehlet Hansen
      Pages 177-227
    5. Maria Regina Chambel, Jose Climent, Christian Pichot, Fulvio Ducci
      Pages 229-265
    6. Ute-Katrin Krakau, Mirko Liesebach, Tuija Aronen, Marie-Anne Lelu-Walter, Volker Schneck
      Pages 267-323
    7. Jean-Charles Bastien, Leopoldo Sanchez, Daniel Michaud
      Pages 325-369
  4. Breeding of Broadleaves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Doris Krabel, Heino Wolf
      Pages 373-402
    3. Gerry C. Douglas, Alfas Pliura, Jean Dufour, Patrick Mertens, Dominique Jacques, Jean Fernandez-Manjares et al.
      Pages 403-462
    4. Fulvio Ducci, Bart De Cuyper, Anna De Rogatis, Jean Dufour, Fréderique Santi
      Pages 463-511
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 513-527

About this book


Forest tree breeding has been ongoing for more than 70 years across Europe. It has successfully generated improved varieties for the major economical forest tree species. They are part of the present European forestry landscape and largely contribute to intensive wood production and other forest activities. In this book, we describe the state-of-art of breeding for the main forest tree species. We provide a comprehensive, unique and up-to-date overview of the major scientific results and breeding achievements gathered from the many programmes scattered across Europe. The book is divided into 10 chapters, each as a monograph corresponding to a species or group of species Abies spp., (Larix spp., Picea abies, Picea sitchensis, Pinus sylvestris, Pseudotsuga menziesii, and Mediterranean pines; Acer pseudoplatanus, Fraxinus excelsior,  and Prunus avium). Each of them is written by a group of experts and focuses on the distribution and economical importance of the species; motivation for breeding and breeding objectives; intraspecific genetic variability, breeding populations and breeding strategy; forest reproductive material deployment including mass-propagation and, prospects and perspectives for joint research and breeding. The book is a unique and up-dated source of information for students, researchers and professionals interested in the genetics and domestication of forest tree species.


Breeding strategy Forest Reproductive Material Forestry Genetics Tree improvement

Editors and affiliations

  • Luc E Pâques
    • 1
  1. 1., Unité AGPFINRAOrléansFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6145-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6146-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1319
  • Series Online ISSN 1568-1319
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