Forest Genetics

T L White, W T Adams and D B Neale 
CABI  July 2007  

Hardback  704 pp  ISBN 9781845932855      £100.00

Paperback  704 pp  ISBN 9780851993485      £50.00
Trees continue to maintain a unique significance in the social, ecological and economic systems of the world - as large, long-lived perennials covering 30% of land on Earth; their very nature dictates their importance. An understanding of forest genetics is essential for providing insight into the evolution, conservation, management and sustainability of both natural and managed forests.

Providing a comprehensive introduction to the principles of genetics as important to forest trees, this text integrates the varied sub-disciplines of genetics and their applications in gene conservation, tree improvement and biotechnology. Topics discussed include genetic variation in natural forest trees, the application of genetics in tree improvement and breeding programs, and genomic sciences and molecular technologies.

Of interest to students, scientists and professionals working in forest genetics or forest management.


    1) Forest Genetics - Concepts, Scope, History and Importance


    2) Molecular Basis of Inheritance - Genome Organization, Gene Structure and Regulation
    3) Transmission Genetics - Chromosomes, Recombination and Linkage Mendelian Genetics
    4) Genetic Markers - Morphological, Biochemical and Molecular Markers
    5) Population Genetics - Gene Frequencies, Inbreeding and Forces of Evolution
    6) Quantitative Genetics - Polygenic Traits, Heritabilities and Genetic Correlations


    7) Within-population Variation - Genetic Diversity, Mating Systems and Stand Structure
    8) Geographic Variation - Races, Clines and Ecotypes
    9) Evolutionary Genetics - Divergence, Speciation and Hybridization
    10) Gene Conservation - In Situ, Ex Situ and Sampling Strategies


    11) Tree Improvement Programs - Structure, Concepts and Importance
    12) Base Populations - Species, Hybrids, Seed Sources and Breeding Zones
    13) Phenotypic Mass Selection - Genetic Gain, Choice of Traits and Indirect Response
    14) Genetic Testing - Mating Designs, Field Tests and Test Implementation
    15) Data Analysis - Mixed Models, Variance Components and Breeding Values
    16) Deployment - Open-pollinated Varieties, Full-sib Families and Clones
    17) Advanced-generation Breeding Strategies - Breeding Population Size, Structure and Management


    18) Genomics - Discovery and Functional Analysis of Genes
    19) Marker-assisted Selection and Breeding - Indirect Selection, Direct Selection and Breeding Applications
    20) Genetic Engineering - Target Traits, Transformation and Regeneration
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