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Ames Forester

Abstract

Intensive culture of short rotation forest crops or the large scale replanting of forest land with selected, superior trees will depend on techniques for their practical, rapid, clonal, mass propagation. Standard methods of vegetative propagation can be used to multiply planting stock of some species, but they are not successful with many woody plant species. Plant tissue culture could provide a means for the clonal multiplication of selected individual trees in large numbers, in a short period of time and in a relatively small space. Techniques developed for tissue culture propagation of herbaceous, horticultural plants have now been successfully applied to one group of economically important woody plants, the poplars.

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