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TREE BREEDING FOR IMPROVED WOOD AND FIBRE QUALITY USING ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGIES

Objective

The objective of the Concerted Action is to investigate the potential for a European-wide study of the genetic control and early evaluation of wood properties.

The wood properties assessed in European tree breeding programmes and the methods used for measuring them vary from country to country. Many properties which are important for the processing and utilisation of wood are not assessed at all, partly because they require destructive sampling. Standard methods for evaluating wood properties in genetic tests are needed.

Wood properties cannot be accurately determined until trees are relatively old. This delays both breeding programmes and the introduction of genetically improved material into commercial forestry. Marker-aided selection using DNA markers for individual wood properties has considerable potential as a method of early evaluation.

We have identified six areas (tasks) where discussion is needed to evaluate materials/methods. These are :

- supply of material;
- wood density;
- anatomical and chemical properties,
- solid wood properties,
- pulping properties; and
- molecular markers.

The eight partners in this proposal have a wide range of expertise in all these subjects areas. Six of the partners are responsible for coordinating the separate tasks, the other two will as associate partners for particular tasks.

There will be three meetings during the concerted action project. After the third meeting we will publish our recommendations on methods for evaluating wood properties in tree breeding programmes.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
Address
Deinol Road
LL57 2UW Bangor (Gwynedd)
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

AFOCEL - ASSOCIATION FORET CELLULOSE
France
Address
Quartier Saillans
26120 Malissard
BUNDESFORSCHUNGSANSTALT FÜR FORST- UND HOLZWIRTSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Sieker Landstraße, 2
22927 Grosshansdorf
CENTRE TECHNIQUE DU BOIS ET DE L'AMEUBLEMENT
France
Address
Av. De Saint-mande, 10
75012 Paris
I.N.R.A.
France
Address
Ardon - Av. De La Pomme De Pin
45160 Olivet
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1399 Lisboa Codex
THE FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF SWEDEN
Sweden
Address
Glunten - Dag Hammarskolds Vag, 36 A
751 83 Uppsala
UNIVERSITÄT FÜR BODENKULTUR
Austria
Address
Gregor Mendel-straße, 33
1180 Vienna