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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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