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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 25

The “Ideotype Concept” and its Application to the Selection of “AFTP” Cultivars

This chapter was previously published in Leakey, R.R.B., Page, T., 2006. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 16, 5–16.

Abstract

The ideotype concept has been developed and modified for a number of different crops, including forest trees, over the last 35 years. In recent years it has been used in the domestication of agroforestry trees producing Agroforestry Tree Products (AFTPs), as an aid to the multiple-trait selection of superior trees for cultivar development. For example in west and central Africa, “fruit” and “kernel” ideotypes have been identified in Irvingia gabonensis (Bush Mango), based on quantitative characterisation of a number of fruit, nut and ...

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