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The application of cdna microarray technology for unraveling molecular events underlying dormancy and cold hardiness in forest tree seedlings.

Objective

Reforestation logistics and forest nursery management depends on the logical-logical status of the trees. Lifting and cold storage of insufficiently hardened trees leads to reduced vitality, frost damage and desiccation. Identification of molecular processes underlying winter hardiness will allow for the development of rapid and reliable tools to determine seedling condition. The powerful coda micro array technology will be employed to analyse gene expression patterns in economically and ecologically important forest tree species in combination with physiological and morphological screening. This multidisciplinary approach will result in a detailed picture of molecular events involved in the onset and release of dormancy and hardiness. Genes with a strong predictive value will be selected for future implementation in molecular hardiness tests that will aid in improving forestation planning and forest tree nursery management.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ATO B.V.
Address
Bornsesteeg 59
Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (7)

ALBA TREES PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Dover Street 10
W1S 4LQ London
DALARNA UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Forskargatan 3
781 88 Borlange
DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address
Kirstinebjergvej 10, Research Centre Aarslev
5792 Aarlev
DET DANSKE HEDELSKAB
Denmark
Address
Broendlundvej 2
6500 Vojens
FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
United Kingdom
Address
Northern Research Station
EH25 9SY Roslin-midlothian
PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteenweg 1
6700 AA Wageningen
PRAKTIJKONDERZOEK PLANT & OMGEVING B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Bornsesteeg 47
Wageningen