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Engineering fiber and wood properties in poplar using innovative functional genomic approaches

Objective

Recent developments of poplar genomic provide unique resources of new information that we propose to exploit in the context of the POPWOOD programme to improve our understanding of genetic and molecular mechanisms controlling vascular development (VD) and wood formation and hence engineer transgenic poplars with modified fibbers and wood properties. In parallel to the genetic and molecular genetic work, the analysis of juvenile poplar fibber and wood properties will be performed and compared to characteristics of nature wood. The main objective is to evaluate the possibilities of using young trees of only a few years old as a raw material for pulp production, which could offer novel economic opportunities to rapidly exploit transgenic traits.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
Address
Avenue De La Terrasse 1Bètiment 23
91190 Gif Sur Yvette
France

Participants (5)

MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
Muenchen
STFI-PACKFORSK AB
Sweden
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 61
Stockholm
T.I.L.L PHOTONICS GMBH
Germany
Address
4A,lena Christ Str. 44
82152 Planegg
THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
Goesta Skoglund St
901 83 Umeaa
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
Manchester