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Gene-sequenced Poplars Potential Research Boon for Bioenergy

Photo of Image shows how full genome sequencing from an individual tree was used to determine position of chromosomal dosage variation. Andrew Groover, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Image shows how full genome sequencing from an individual tree was used to determine position of chromosomal dosage variation. Andrew Groover, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Snapshot : A large population of poplar trees with altered gene dosage has been developed for bioenergy feedstock research. Each of the trees has been subjected to full genome sequencing, which identifies genetic variation, which is in turn correlated with specific traits pertinent to tree growth and biomass properties.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Groover, Andrew T. 
Research Location : Davis, Calif.
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 1115

Summary

These research results are the first functional genomics resource for a forest tree species and allows the dissection of the genetic regulation of complex traits, including biomass production, wood properties and phenology. The genetic regulation of these traits is central to forest health and the development of energy from woody biomass. A first paper describing the resource and approach was published in Plant Cell.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • ?University of California Davis
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
  • U.S. Department of Energy Feedstock Genomics Program