Special Issue "Genetic Relationships and Artificial Hybridization within the Forest Trees"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022 | Viewed by 1776
Interests: genetic relationships; population genetics
Interests: quantitative genetics; tree breeding; hybrids; wood properties; NIR spectroscopy
Within context of the biological species' concept, the artificial hybridization of plants serves as a useful tool in estimating the genetic relationships between species. Genetically, the interspecific hybrids are thought to harbour greater variation than corresponding parental species what endows them a higher adaptability towards unusual habitats. Advanced generation hybrids are likely to have even a greater range of genetic variation due to segregation after the first generation. Genetic variation in genome size of the hybrids and in their parental species is believed to be positively related to the phylogenetic distance between the parental species. However, general combining abilities estimated from pure species combinations and from hybrid combinations do not always seem compatible. Therefore, further estimates of these parameters are necessary to help the breeders in making better long-term decisions. Of practical importance is also the value of hybrids in increasing wood production and in improving wood quality for the forest industry. The interspecific hybrid trees planted throughout the world on a commercial basis are most common in genera Acacia, Eucalyptus, Larix, Picea, Pinus and Populus. A reliable validation of the hybrids together with prediction of hybrid performance and fitness are important aspects in deciding on the optimal hybrid breeding strategy. They should be taken into account when preparing the manuscripts on the subject.
Dr. Andrej Kormuťák
Prof. Dr. Gary R. Hodge
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