Estimates of genetic parameters of wood traits for sawn timber production in Eucalyptus grandis


Genetics and Molecular Biology




In this study, the breeding perspectives of 41 open-pollinated progenies of Eucalyptus grandis were evaluated based on their wood traits. The progenies were distributed in two experiments in a randomized complete block design, with three replicates and linear plots containing six plants each. The traits were assessed at eight years of age. Two trees from each plot were selected for this assessment based on better growth, stem form and phytosanity. Significant differences in basic density, sapwood/heartwood ratio, bowing, specific gravity, parallel compression and static bending were detected among the progenies. These traits were potentially promising for breeding programs, with heritability coefficients that varied from 0.34 to 0.61 on a progeny mean basis. There was no genetic variation in the moisture content, board end-splitting, log volume under bark, log eccentricity, bark content, crooking, and shear strength of the progenies. Intermediate to highly significant genetic correlations were detected among the physical and mechanical properties, as well as between pairs of traits such as basic density and log end-splitting, basic density and bowing, specific gravity and bowing, sapwood/heartwood ratio and bowing, log volume and bowing, and log volume and log end-splitting. These results show that the levels of growth stress in trees can be reduced by selection using indirect traits such as the sapwood/heartwood ratio and bowing.

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