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Shrinking Role of Silviculture in Tree Improvement in India
Manmohan J.R. Dobriyal1, Arvind Bijalwan2 and Tarun Kumar Thakur3
1College of Forestry, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat, India
2Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal, M.P., India
3Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, M.P., India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Silviculture deals with art and science of growing trees while tree breeding for genetic improvement of trees but tree Improvement is a harmonious alliance of tree breeding and Silviculture. This sacred union in last two decades has been skewed towards tree breeding and biotechnology while silviculture approach has been completely marginalized. There is a need for precision silviculture to assist national tree improvement program with the judicious use of tree breeding and biotechnology along with pest and disease control for
developing complete tree farming technology for foresters, farmers and industries. The silvicultural practices of many of LKTS (Lesser Known Tree Species) and agroforestry trees are yet to be developed after their selection and propagation is standardized to promote indigenous species. There is also need to develop linkages with all stakeholders
for better feedback and refinement of strategy in tree improvement. In this brief review, the shrinking role of silviculture in tree improvement with reference to the situation prevailing in India is discussed along with the key reasons for its shrinkage.

Keywords: Biotechnology,Lesser known tree species,Silviculture,Tree improvement
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Dobriyal, M. J. R., Bijalwan, A., Thakur, T. K., 2017. Shrinking role of silviculture in tree improvement in India.Int.J.Curr.Res.Biosci.Plantbiol. 4(4): 104-106. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrbp.2017.404.015