Systemic study of the metabolic pathways in poplar trees
Poplar is an important wood crop and the model of choice for molecular research in trees. The EU-funded POPMET project will employ a combination of metabolomics and informatics to study metabolites and biosynthetic pathways in poplar wood, bark and leaves. Defective alleles will be identified for the genes involved in metabolism using re-sequencing data from 750 poplar trees. The genes will be studied further by crossing natural poplars that are heterozygous for the defective alleles or by CRISPR/Cas9-based gene editing. This large-scale study will lay the foundation for systems biology research in poplar trees and will create opportunities to improve poplar development as an industrial wood-producing crop.
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