Control of Wood Properties by Breeding
As pointed out by Harris (1983), wood technologists spend much time overcoming defects in timber which could have been minimized while it was growing. One major method of reducing defects in wood properties is by using seedlings of good genetic quality obtained through the application of genetics to the large natural variability in wood properties. The opportunities for genetic control of wood are particularly attractive, since wood properties are generally strongly inherited. Many of the aspects of the genetics of wood are covered in Chapter 11 of Zobel and Talbert (1984) entitled “Wood and Tree Improvement.”
KeywordsBiomass Cellulose Covariance Lignin Shrinkage
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