Apr 3, 2018

Genetic analysis using parent-progeny relationship for wood quality traits in Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.)

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Linghua ZhouMaria Rosario Garcia Gil


Two-generations pedigree involving 524 plus trees and their open-pollinated (OP) progenies were jointly studied to estimate parent-progeny correlation and heritability. Three wood traits (wood density, MFA, and MOE) were determined by SilviScan in one ramet per plus tree and 12 OP progenies. Three ramets per plus tree and 12 OP were also measured with two indirect methods, Pilodyn and Hitman. The overall correlation between OP-based breeding values and plus tree-based phenotypes was low to moderate for all traits. The correlations between the phenotypic values of the mother trees and the breeding values estimated on their half-sib progenies are low to moderate. Reasons for this may be experimental errors in progeny trials and lack of experimental design in archives, contributing to the parent and progeny correlation. The management practices in the archive may contribute more to such low correlation. Offspring progeny heritability estimates based on SilviScan measurements were higher than parent-offspring regression using one single ramet from the archive. Moreover, when three ramets were measured the parent-offspring regression heritability estimates were higher than those based solely on progeny data for the Pilodyn and Hitma...Continue Reading

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Trees (plant)
Genetic Analysis
Genetic Screening Method
Picea excelsa
Genetic Pedigree
Standing Position
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