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POPLAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME

Objective

The aim of this programme is to provide new commercial poplar clones at each generation by multigeneration recurrent reciprocal breeding which also permits the increase of the genetic quality of the breeding programme.

The programme will use the following methodologies:

early testing, based on a high juvenile mature genetic correlation;
indirect testing using genetic markers, based on a high genetic correlation between presence or concentration of biochemical compounds on the one hand and economic traits on the other hand;
hybridization of high value (already commercialized) clones to induce a reorganization of favourable genes;
embryo rescue to increase the number of siblings of difficult but promising crossings;
production of double haploids to obtain rapidly homozygous clones which would classically need more than ten inbreeding generations to be obtained;
gene transfer to produce genotypes impossible to achieve with classical breeding.

The programme consists of:

collection of base populations;
controlled hybridization (short and long term breeding, indirect selection) to provide larger quantities of quality clones of poplar in a much shorter and less expensive manner (shortening breeding programmes).

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Address
Ardon
45160 Olivet
France

Participants (3)

Forschungsinstitut für schnellwachsende Baumarten
Germany
Address
Professor-oelkers-straße 6
34346 Hann Münden
Rijksstation voor Populierenteelt
Belgium
Address
4,Gaverstraat
9500 Geraardsbergen
Società Agricola e Forestale per le Piante da Cellulosa e da Carta SpA
Italy
Address
Per Frassineto Po 35
15033 Casale Monferrato (Al)