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Comparison of three pollination methods for Eucalyptus argophloia, a small-flowered eucalypt

Randall, Bruce W. and Walton, David A. and Lee, David J. and Wallace, Helen M. (2015) Comparison of three pollination methods for Eucalyptus argophloia, a small-flowered eucalypt. Annals of Forest Science, 72 (1). p. 127. ISSN 1286-4560

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13595-014-0407-z

Abstract

Context
Most studies assess pollination success at capsule maturity, and studies of pre-zygotic processes are often lacking.

Aims
This study investigates the suitability of controlled pollination for a potential forestry plantation species, Eucalyptus argophloia, by examining pre- and post-zygotic pollination success.

Methods
Pollen tube development, capsule set and seed set are compared following three-stop pollination, artificially induced protogyny (AIP), AIP unpollinated and open pollination. The fecundity of stored pollen was compared with that of fresh pollen.

Results
Three-stop pollination, AIP and open pollination had similar numbers of pollen tubes, but AIP unpollinated had none. Open pollination produced significantly more capsules and total number of seeds than the other treatments. There were significantly more seeds per retained capsule for the open pollination and three-stop pollination treatments than for the AIP and AIP unpollinated pollination treatments. There were no significant differences relative to the age of pollen.

Conclusions
Pre-zygotic success in terms of pollen tubes was similar for open-pollinated, three stop and AIP, but was not reflected in post-zygotic success when the open pollination and three-stop method produced significantly more seeds per retained capsule than the AIP treatments and open pollination yielded more seeds. Capsule set and total seed set for open pollination, and fewer capsules in controlled pollinations, may reflect physical damage to buds because of the small E. argophloia flowers. Suitable alternative breeding strategies other than controlled pollinations are discussed for this species.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Subjects:Forestry > Research. Experimentation
Deposited On:03 Feb 2015 04:00
Last Modified:03 Feb 2015 04:00

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