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Reduction of generation time in Eucalyptus globulus

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posted on 2023-05-16, 09:45 authored by Hasan, O, James ReidJames Reid
The plant growth retardant paclobutrazol was applied by foliar spray to seedlings of Eucalyptus globulus (Labill.) to determine its effects on reproductive activity. It was shown to induce flowering in vegetatively juvenile seedlings and increase reproductive activity in vegetatively adult material. The former case represented a 50% (three year) reduction in generation time for commercial seedlings. Paclobutrazol treatment did not appear to have a negative effect on any aspect of reproductive development, germination of new seed, or early seedling growth, while having a distinct positive effect on reproductive output. This suggests that paclobutrazol may be an effective tool enabling tree breeders to reduce generation time and increase reproductive output in E. globulus. Foliar spraying during autumn was shown to be an effective means and timing of paclobutrazol application, with results evident in the following flowering season. Considerable persistence of paclobutrazol effects was noted in the second season after application. Pot size and growth temperatures also play roles in determining the extent of new reproductive activity each season in E. globulus seedlings. © 1995 Kluwer Academic Publishers.


Publication title

Plant Growth Regulation








School of Natural Sciences


Kluwer Academic Publ

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Van Godewijckstraat 30, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 3311 Gz

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