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Wood Quality Assessment Technology for the Value-Added IndustryCompleted

Project leaders: Mansfield, Shawn
 

Objective:

Produce more wood with defined characteristics on less land. This research will:

  • Characterize test sites for soil nitrogen, moisture content, and Douglas-fir families for photosynthetic efficiency;
  • Extensively characterize wood quality traits (i.e. density, earlywood – latewood ratio, number of growth rings per inch, fibre length, cell wall thickness, wood chemistry) of trees from the full-sib families on all sites;
  • Correlate genetic and/or site influences on growth and yield of 10 full-sib families of Douglas-fir grown on several independent sites in British Columbia (poor, fair and good environments);
  • Using FORECAST, model estimated growth of the full-sib families on different sites, and for the first time introduce “genetic gain” into the globally recognized model;
  • Identifying superior families from extensive breeding programs for the Canadian value-added wood industry;
  • Aid in selecting superior genotypes for reforestation.

Start date: 2003-04-01 End date: 2006-03-31
 

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For more information on this project, please contact:

Mansfield, Shawn
University of British Columbia
Email: shawnman@interchg.ubc.ca
Telephone: (604) 822-0196
Fax: (604) 822-9104
 
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