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Achievements in forest tree improvement in Australia and New Zealand
9. Genetic improvement of Eucalyptus nitens in Australia
HVP Plantations Pty Ltd’s E.nitens estate (previously managed by APM Forests Pty Ltd (APMF), Amcor Plantations Pty Ltd, Australian Paper Plantations Ltd, Victorian Plantations Corporation, Grand Ridge Plantations Pty Ltd and Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd) is located in Gippsland, Victoria.
The company’s first E.nitens progeny trial was established in 1978 and was subsequently converted into a seed orchard.
A further 13 trials were established between 1986 and 1990 providing a base population of 459 families (Whiteman and Camerson 1991). A CP progeny trial was planted in collaboration with the CSIRO in 1990 (Volker 2002), an SBTA CP progeny trial was established in 1998 and three second-generation OP progeny trials were planted in 2006-2007.
Clonal and hybrid research was undertaken in the 1980’s and 1990’s (Whiteman and Pongracic 1996) and a hybrid comparison trial was planted in 1999.
HVP Plantations’ breeding objective is to maximise the profitability of its pulpwood plantations.
The company currently deploys genetic material for an in-house open-pollinated seedling seed orchard that has shown good performance in Gippsland. A clonal seed orchard was estalished in 2005 and genetic gain trials were established in 2000 and 2004″.
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