Clonal Propagation of Mature Trees: Problems and Possible Solutions

  • J. M. Bonga
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 24-26)


Even though some tree species can be micropropagated from tissues collected from mature trees (see volume 3), many others can presently be propagated only from tissues of juvenile specimens, i.e., embryos or young seedlings. However, cloning of mature trees is generally preferred over cloning of embryos or seedlings because often it is not possible to determine if these embryos or seedlings have the genetic potential to develop the desired qualities later in their life cycle. Some species show reasonable juvenile-mature correlations for a few characteristics (79) and for these, selections can, under certain circumstances, be made at an early age. However, for many species, most foresters prefer to select sexually mature trees of about half the rotation age (82).


Adventitious Shoot Mature Tree Shoot Meristem Larix Decidua Embryo Explants 
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