Genetic variation in basic density and modulus of elasticity of coastal Douglas-fir Public Deposited

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  • Douglas-fir trees from 39 open-pollinated families at four test locations were assessed to estimate heritability of modulus of elasticity (MOE) and basic density. After trees were felled, sound velocity was measured on 4-m logs with the Director HM200. Disks were taken to estimate dry and green wood density; dynamic MOE was estimated as green density × (sound velocity)2. Heritability estimates of MOE (across-site h2=0.55) were larger than those for total height (0.15) and diameter at breast height (DBH; 0.29), and similar to those for density (0.59). Negative genetic correlations were found for MOE with height (rA=−0.30) and DBH (rA=−0.51), and were similar to those found for density with height (rA= −0.52) and DBH (rA=−0.57). The partial correlations of height with MOE and density, while holding DBH constant, were positive, implying that the observed negative correlations between height and the wood properties were a function of the high positive correlation between height and DBH and the strong negative correlations between DBH and the wood properties. Taper [DBH/(height−1.4)] was found to be negatively associated with MOE. Selection for MOE may produce greater gains than selection for density because MOE had a larger coefficient of additive variation (9.6%) than density (5.1%). Conversely, selection for growth may have a more negative impact on MOE than density because of the greater genetic variation associated with MOE. Family mean correlations of the wood quality traits with stem form and crown health were mostly nonsignificant.
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  • Johnson, G. R. and B. L. Gartner. 2006. Genetic variation in basic density and modulus of elasticity of coastal Douglas-fir. Tree Genetics & Genomes 3: 25-33
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