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Biotechnology in Forest Tree Improvement: Trees of the Future

  • Vladimír Chalupa
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 186)


Forest trees are the important source of renewable raw material and play a significant role in the formation of environment, with important functions in the field of soil protection, water retention, CO2 absorption and carbon storage, recreation and health improvement. The growing importance of all these functions can be expected in the near future and society is likely to highly appreciate them. With the growing world population, the deforestation occurs, above all in developing countries. In some industrial countries, air pollution, acid rains, drought, wind, snow, pests and diseases cause serious damages on forest stands. Present situation calls for urgent intensification of forest tree breeding. Long reproductive cycle of forest trees is a serious obstacle for effective tree improvement. Conventional tree breeding techniques using controlled crossing for transfer of desirable traits are time-consuming. The application of parasexual genetic recombination methods (cytogenetic manipulations, recombinant DNA technology) in forestry will accelerate tree improvement programs.


Somatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Forest Tree Forest Tree Species Synthetic Seed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimír Chalupa
    • 1
  1. 1.Forestry and Game Management Research InstitutePraha 5Czechoslovakia

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