Breeding longleaf pines for resistance to brown spot needle blight
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): E. B. Snyder; H. J. Derr
Publication Year: 1972

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • Alabama
  • artificial regeneration
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • Florida
  • forest management
  • genetics
  • Georgia
  • herbicides
  • histories
  • longleaf pine
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • pine
  • Pinus palustris
  • plant communities
  • plant diseases
  • plant growth
  • plantations
  • Scirrhia acicola
  • seedlings
  • site treatments
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 15484
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In tests with wind-pollinated progenies from 540 parents, heritability of brown-spot resistance was 0.57, and that height was 0.52 at age 3 years. Infection in progeny of the best 10% of parents averaged 48% compared to a population average of 63%. This 10%, plus the fastest growing seedlings, were selected for second-generation breedings. In addition, individual seedlings less than 30% infected or more than 1 ft. tall were retained. Tests with iexposed and protected progeny indicate that inherent fast height growth is not the major mechanism of resistance. The frequency of brown-spot resistant genotypes varied by seed source, especially where there were differences in parental exposure to the disease. Offspring from parents selected 30 years earlier from a heavily infected planting averaged 55% taller and had about 10% lessf brown-spot infection than those from parents with unknown history. Southwestern Alabama was the best of five geographic sources that were smapled for both height growth and brown-spot resistance.

Snyder, E. B., and H. J. Derr. 1972. Breeding longleaf pines for resistance to brown spot needle blight. Phytopathology, v. 62, p. 325-329.