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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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C. Dana Nelson

Project Leader
Department of Forestry, 730 Rose
Lexington
Kentucky
United States
40546-0073

Phone: 228-832-2747
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Current Research

  • host-pathogen genetics, in particular the genetics of fusiform rust disease on slash and loblolly pines
  • population and quantitative genetics of the southern pines
  • DNA marker development and genome mapping
  • comparative genomics of the southern pines and related conifers

Education

  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Forest Genetics 1988
  • Oklahoma State University, M.S. Forest Genetics 1984
  • Iowa State University, B.S. Forestry 1982

Professional Organizations

  • Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee, Chair (2011 - Current)
    SRS representative and currently the committee's chair.

Featured Publications & Products

Patents

Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


SRS-2014-146
Best Map Yet of the Pine Genome

Southern pine plantations supply 60 percent of wood products in the United States and 18 percent worldwide. These percentages can increase with ...

2014


SRS-2016-183
Early Transfer of DNA from Insects to Pines

Repetitive DNA sequences move across species boundaries relatively often, but rarely occur between kingdoms; however, Forest Service scientists ...

2016


SRS-2015-215
Frequent Fire Maintains Shortleaf Pine as a Distinct Species

Fire effectively selects against loblolly pine genes in mixed stands of loblolly and shortleaf pines and appears to be required to maintain the ...

2015


SRS-2015-214
Identification of Fusiform Rust Resistance Genes in loblolly Pine

Knowledge of rust resistance genes provides tree breeders and forest managers with efficient tools for minimizing losses to fusiform rust, a fun ...

2015


SRS-2017-138
Shortleaf pine genetics, hybridization, and restoration

Shortleaf pine is a priority species for restoration in the eastern U.S. Understanding the genetics of the species is important for restoration ...

2017


SRS-2011-20
The Forest Health Initiative

The Forest Health Initiative is a new government-university-industry partnership dedicated to developing workable solutions for improving forest ...

2011


Last updated on : 12/05/2017