The development of techniques for vegetative propagation of tropical forest trees (Leakey, Chapman and Longman, 1975; Bowen et al., 1977) allows an experimenter to convert variable seedling material into more uniform clones of rooted cuttings. When such plants are grown in controlled environments, the relative importance of genetic and environmental effects, and of interactions, can readily be determined, without the usual burden of unassigned variability.An experiment of this type was carried out with the West African timber
tree Terminalia superba.
Annals of Botany (1979) 44 (3) 377-380
Genetic and environmental effects of shoot growth and xylem formation in a tropical tree