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Genetic determinism of maritime pine pulp and paper properties

Objective

Natural populations of Maritime pine trees show large, in part genetically determined, variations in the properties of lignocellulosic fibres and the derived pulp and paper products. So far, tree breeding programs have failed to exploit this variation, due to the costly and destructive traditional chemical and technological assays and the requirement for mature trees to evaluate such lproperties. In this multi-disciplinary project, we propose to solve this problem starting from two angles. First, we will use and further develop reliable, fast, lcheap and non-destructive selection criteria for pulp and paper properties. Second, we will use a combination of QTL mapping, global gene expression analysis, Arabidopsis genomics and linkage disequilibrium mapping to identify the genes controlling the traits underlying the natural variation in pulp and paper properties. This should yield valuable criteria for the selection of elite trees.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Address
Domaine De L'hermitage
33610 Cestas
France

Participants (7)

Association Forêt-Cellulose (AFOCEL)
France
Address
164 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
Address
Quinta Do Marques
2780-901 Oeiras
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
Lisboa
JOHN INNES CENTRE
United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park, Colney
Norwich
SMURFIT WORLDWIDE RESEARCH - EUROPE
France
Address
Cours De La Liberation, 351
33402 Talence
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
Address
S/n,plaza De El Ejido S/n
29071 Estepona (Malaga)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Address
University Avenue, Joseph Blac Building
G12 8QQ Glasgow