Scientific paper

Field Performance of Micropropagated and Macropropagated Eucalyptus Hybrids

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 173, issue 1, 1995 , pages: 17–21
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1995.9629685
Author(s): M.P. WattDepartment of Biology, South Africa, E.A. DuncanDepartment of Biology, South Africa, M. IngDepartment of Biology, South Africa, F.C. BlakewayDepartment of Biology, South Africa, B. HermanDepartment of Biology, South Africa

Abstract

Plantlets derived, via both in vitro micropropagation and from rooted cuttings, from seven different Eucalyptus hybrid genotypes were assessed for their field performance in Kwambonambi, KwaZulu Natal. Tree survival, height, mean annual increment, diameter at breast height and size uniformity were monitored for 36 months. Results indicate that for six out of seven tested hybrids, plantlets produced from tissue culture outperformed those of their genetic clones produced from macrocuttings for all parameters measured.

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