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Field trials in oil palm breeding: a manual.

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A central objective in Verdant's mission is to develop better, more productive and more sustainable cultivars of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), rubber and other plantation crops, particularly through plant breeding. Field testing is an essential component in selecting and developing new varieties with superior performance for yield, quality, pest and disease resistance and in meeting new market dem...

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Chapter 4 (Page no: 33)

Land preparation.

Previous land use determines the operations needed in preparing land for trialling. Trialling in primary and secondary forest is not a sustainable nor an environmentally friendly practice and should not be carried out. In sustainable oil palm production, previous land should normally be a previous plantation crop (e.g. rubber, coconut or oil palm). The procedures for the felling of two of these plantation crops, clearing the land and preparing the trial site ready for planting, are given as examples here. These procedures need to be carefully timed and coordinated with nursery plant production and season (oil palm is normally planted in the rainy season). They are also regulated by the need for and involvement of eco-friendly practices - for example, 'zero burning, zero smoke', in clearing the land area. Heavy specialised equipment is used throughout and operators and field work must observe standard operating procedures.

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Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Introduction. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 15) Health and safety considerations. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 23) Pre-trialling considerations and activities. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 45) Material preparation. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 49) Trial planting. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 59) Recording. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 77) Ganoderma trials. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 85) Pre-trial screening using DNA diagnostics. Author(s): Sitepu, B. Laksono, N. D. Setiawati, U. Nur, F. Rahmaningsih, M. Anwar, Y. Widodo, P. Forster, B. P. Purba, A. R.