Wood Variation pp 249-290 | Cite as

Control of Wood Properties by Breeding

  • Bruce J. Zobel
  • Johannes P. van Buijtenen
Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)


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.”


Specific Gravity Wood Density Wood Property Broad Sense Heritability Compression Wood 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce J. Zobel
    • 1
  • Johannes P. van Buijtenen
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Zobel Forestry Associates, Inc.RaleighUSA
  2. 2.Reforestation DepartmentTexas Forest ServiceCollege StationUSA
  3. 3.Forest Science Department, Texas Agricultural Experiment StationTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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