blue spruce color heritability
Bruce M. Marshall
bmm1 at freenet.tlh.fl.us
Fri Oct 3 15:50:56 EST 1997
William J. Buikema (wjb1 at midway.uchicago.edu) wrote:
: My father-in-law grows some blue spruces in Michigan part time, and
: has told me (and shown me) that the blue color varies considerably from tree
: to tree. Apparently the color does not develop at the seedling stage, so
: when the fields are planted, there is no way to tell how 'blue' any seedling
: will become.
: Does anyone have any ideas about why the seedlings that are planted
: cannot be derived from sources that will guarantee the strong blue color in
: less than a random fashion? Being a geneticist, it seems to me that continued
: selection for the color and careful selection of propagation sources should
: ensure efficient selection of the desired traits. Does anyone have a better
: feel for this?
: William J. Buikema Phone: (773)702-1081 e-mail: hetman at uchicago.edu
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