Agroforestry with Commercial Clonal Plantations in India (Hardback)
Rapid deforestation and depletion of genetic resources have made it essential that avenues be found whereby short-duration trees can be propagated and massed produced. Clonal agroforestry plantations provide this alternative to the use of natural forests. Agroforestry with Commercial Clonal Plantations in India provides complete scientific information on clonal technology applications for selection and cloning of candidate plus trees, development, field testing, final selection and deployment of genetically superior, high yielding and fast-growing clones of important tree species grown under agroforestry system. Clonal agroforestry plantations need to be supported with strong R & D and sound, efficient and timely extension services for the farmers. The book discusses in detail the establishment of modern largescale clonal plant production nurseries and improved silvicultural management of clonal agroforestry plantations of Eucalypts, Poplars, Casuarinas, and other species. Specific recommendations for further advancements in all areas related to tree improvement, development of new superior clones, holistic development of agroforestry and required policy reforms have been also provided.