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Vegetative propagation of Acacia hybrid - A user friendly technology
Chopra K. R., Joshi K. N.,
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Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Pages: 69 - 75
To improve the productivity, foresters have faced many problems to establish; plantations of desired characteristics. Normally forest trees are raised through seed route origin seedlings, which have lot of variation because of cross-pollination. This variation is desirable from the point of view of the pest and disease resistance, but the variation results in lower yields. If selected phenotypes are multiplied asexually, the yields can be increased. If enough care is taken to widen the genetic base of plants raised through vegetative means, risk of pest and disease can be controlled simultaneously with increasing yields. Recently, vegetative cuttings have also been tried in the plantations by Eucalyptus and Acacia in several countries and increase in yield up to 100% have been obtained. The various methods of vegetative propagation are adopted for different species; but prove to be costly because of investments in infrastructure and chemical etc. The paper describes about the cost effective, user-friendly technology for vegetative propagation of Acacia hybrid, which will help the farmer in enhancing the yield when grown on their unproductive agricultural land. Farmers themselves can produce quality seedlings by using this method for further planting.
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