Summary of Agenda2020

Wood stiffness is the most important property of structural lumber. Wood characteristics are particularly important for coastal Douglas-fir, which is used primarily for dimension lumber and is renowned for its high strength and dense wood. Maintaining wood stiffness and strength are essential for ensuring Douglas-fir's niche in the domestic and international timber markets.

Wood traits of coniferous species are typically highly heritable, and may be improved through selection and breeding. Because of the importance of wood quality to timber value, and the inadequacy of current methods for assessing wood quality prior to harvest, a number of agencies within the region are interested in studying the genetics of wood quality. At the 2004 PNWTIRC Annual Meeting, members approved the development of a research proposal to study the genetics of Douglas-fir wood stiffness and strength. For example, members would like to know whether nondestructive tools can be used to assess wood properties in their tree improvement programs...


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Krutovsky K., Neale D.B. 2005. Discovery of Genes Controlling Adaptive Traits in Douglas-Fir. Agenda2020 Meeting. May 4 - May 5, 2005.