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EXPLORATION, UTILIZATION AND CONSERVATION OF LOW ALTITUDE TROPICAL PINE GENE RESOURCES

A. F. A. LAMB and E. N. G. COOLING
The Commonwealth Forestry Review
Vol. 49, No. 1 (139) (March 1970), pp. 41-51
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42604793
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EXPLORATION, UTILIZATION AND CONSERVATION OF LOW ALTITUDE TROPICAL PINE GENE RESOURCES
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Abstract

The main purpose of this paper is to summarise the present status and future prospects of the pine forest stocks (gene pools) for each provenance, variety and species of the low level tropical pines of Central America, including the Caribbean and Bahamas. Brief mention is made of the reputation of each provenance grown so tar in exotic plantations and of the amount of seed exported. This shows how much more needs to be done to extend provenance trials throughout tropical countries. The species covered are: Pinus caribaea Mor. var caribaea Barr. & Golf. var hondurensis Barr. & Golf. var bahamensis Barr. & Golf. Pinus cubensis Griseb Pinus occidentalis Sw. Pinus oocarpa var ochoterenai Martinez Pinus strobus var chiapensis Martinez Pinus tenuifolia Benth. Pinus tropicalis Mor. It is concluded that firm action is needed by the countries concerned to preserve and demarcate on the ground representative stocks of each major provenance and the best phenotypes within each provenance. In addition the collection and dissemination to other tropical countries of representative samples of the seed of the best provenances should receive high priority in international forestry aid programmes so that adequate gene pools overseas may ensure survival of the best from each provenance.

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