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A fast screening approach for genetic tolerance to air pollution in Scots pine field tests

D Danusevičius   , V Marozas, A Augustaitis, E Plaušyte

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 5, Pages 262-267 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0701-006
Published: Jul 01, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: IUFRO 7.01.00 - COST Action FP0903, Kaunas (Lithuania - 2012)
Biological Reactions of Forest to Climate Change and Air Pollution
Guest Editors: Elena Paoletti, Andrzej Bytnerowicz, Algirdas Augustaitis

This study aims to develop a screening approach for genetic tolerance to industrial pollution in Scots pine. The relationship between temporal variation in strength of genetic control on radial increment of seed orchard clones affected by air pollution and past pollutant emissions from a nitrogen fertilizer plant in central Lithuania was assessed. The annual radial increment was measured from increment cores. High present-day defoliation was associated to low radial increment during intensive pollution period in the years 1992 - 1995 when high defoliation was recorded in the stands. There was a tendency for a stronger genetic control of radial increment during the years of high defoliation. The clones representing the extremes of high and low radial increments during the stress period of 1992 - 1995 were selected for further tolerance testing based on needle anatomy traits.


Defoliation, Heritability, Pinus sylvestris, Radial Increment

Authors’ address

D Danusevičius
V Marozas
A Augustaitis
E Plaušyte
Faculty of Forest and Ecology, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Studentu 11, Akademija, LT-53361 Kaunas reg. (Lithuania)

Corresponding author

D Danusevičius


Danusevičius D, Marozas V, Augustaitis A, Plaušyte E (2013). A fast screening approach for genetic tolerance to air pollution in Scots pine field tests. iForest 6: 262-267. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0701-006

Academic Editor

Elena Paoletti

Paper history

Received: Jul 23, 2012
Accepted: Mar 30, 2013

First online: Jul 01, 2013
Publication Date: Oct 01, 2013
Publication Time: 3.10 months

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