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Genetic Variation in Growth Characteristics of Hippophae rhamnoides L. Grown under Controlled Conditions

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N.A. Demidova, Gösta Eriksson

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The Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.), being one of the most useful plants in the food and medical industry, is widely used for field amelioration, soil recultivation and restoration of disturbed lands. Knowledge about genetic parameters for important traits is a prerequisite for a successful breeding of any species. There are limited number of publications on withinpopulation variation for growth traits and frost hardiness of Sea buckthorn. The experiments were done under the controlled conditions in a climate chamber at the Department of Forest Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Seedlings of Sea Buckthorn, originating from a controlled cross between three female plants and six male plants, as well as from an open pollination of mother plants, were grown under the controlled conditions until bud-set, a period of dormancy and an ensuing bud flush. Variation in growth, duration of growth period, earliness in bud flush and the fraction of frost-damaged buds after freezing were studied. Confirming previously reported observations, we found that Sea Buckthorn seedlings do not terminate growth at long nights, but low temperature treatment is needed. This lack of photoperiodic response stands in contrast to the majority of tree species in the temperate region. In this experiment, Sea Buckthorn reveals high level of genetic variance for growth and growth rhythm. The female variance component for the characteristics studied was higher than the male variance component, probably owing to seed size. The results analysis suggest that estimation of genetic parameters in Sea Buckthorn shall be based upon controlled crosses rather than on open pollinated progenies. The observed maternal effects indicate that seed weight may be a significant covariate in analyses of variance. The freezing test used in this experiment did not disclose any major genetic variance components responsible for the variation in fraction of damaged buds after freezing.


N.A. Demidova1, Candidate of Biological Sciences
Gösta Eriksson2, PhD, professor 


1Northern Research Institute of Forestry, ul. Nikitova, 13, Arkhangelsk, 163062, Russian Federation; 
2Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Plant Biology, BioCenter, PO Box 7080, SE-750 07, Uppsala, Sweden; 


Sea Buckthorn, genetics, controlled cross, open pollination, female and male plants, seedlings, growth, frost hardiness

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Demidova N.A., Eriksson G. Genetic Variation in Growth Characteristics of Hippophae rhamnoides L. Grown under Controlled Conditions. Lesnoy Zhurnal [Forestry Journal], 2018, no. 5, pp. 26–37. DOI: 10.17238/issn0536-1036.2018.5.26


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