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Controlled pollination methods for creating Corymbia hybrids

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Dickinson, G. R., Wallace, H. M. and Lee, D. J. (2010) Controlled pollination methods for creating Corymbia hybrids. Silvae Genetica, 59 (5). pp. 233-241.


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1515/sg-2010-0028


Inter-specific Corymbia hybrids are of increasing interest to plantation forestry, yet there is little knowledge of the most suitable controlled pollination methods for this genus. Inter-specific crosses were made between C. torelliana [CT(maternal parent)] and C. citriodora subsp. variegata (CCV), C. henryi (CH) and C. citriodora subsp. citriodora (CCC) using conventional pollination, one-stop pollination (OSP) and artificially-induced protogyny on yellow buds (AIP Y) pollination methods. Additional treatments included AIP on green buds (AIP G) and the use of exclusion bags for the OSP and AIP methods. Inter-specific hybrids (CT x CCV, CT x CH and CT x CCC) were successfully created using all three pollination methods. The AIP Y treatment provided the highest seed yields and achieved time savings of >41% over the conventional and OSP methods, resulting in up to five-fold increases in operator productivity. However, the AIP Y treatment also had the highest C. torelliana contamination levels (9.3–13.2%). The use of exclusion bags with the AIP method had minimal effect on contamination rates, indicating a high proportion of selfpollen contamination. Contamination rates varied between maternal parents, suggesting variation in selfcompatibility for C. torelliana individuals. AIP using semi-ripe green buds was not effective at reducing selfing and had low operator productivity. The AIP method is suitable for use in a large-scale hybrid breeding program for C. torelliana. When self-pollination effects are managed, it could greatly reduce the costs associated with the production of seed of elite family crosses for commercial forestry deployment.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:Buds; hybrids; pollination; self pollination; conventional pollination; one-stop pollination; artificially induced protogyny; self-pollination; spotted gum; inter-specific hybrid; Eucalyptus citriodora; Eucalyptus torelliana; Queensland; Australia.
Subjects:Forestry > Sylviculture
Science > Botany
Live Archive:01 Mar 2011 03:33
Last Modified:02 Nov 2022 00:53

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