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|Growth increments and stability over time in fast-growing forest tree species
|Early Selection; Environmental interactions; stand development; genetic
|Canadian Journal of Forest Research-Revue Canadienne De Recherche Forestiere 32 (6): 942-953
|We review an analytical procedure useful for measuring the influence of time on the phenotypic expression
of cumulative growth. It consists of separating the genetic control into two meaningful components: the cumulative genetic
effect of growth increments and the effect of genotype × time interaction. The analysis is performed via a hierarchical
mixed linear model. Data from three Pinus tecunumanii Eguiluz & J.P. Perry provenance–progeny trials
established by the CAMCORE Cooperative in South America were used to assess the practical application of the
method. Results suggest that the simple observation of age–age correlations for cumulative growth can be misleading,
because they hide the effects of family and within-family variation. The partition of cumulative growth into mutually
exclusive growth increments can help to discriminate covariance components, which are also useful to predict the degree
of association between growth at different ages and the potential value for early selection.
|Zamudio, F. Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad de Talca, PO Box 747, 2 Norte 685, Talca, Chile.
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