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Genetic determinism of maritime pine pulp and paper properties

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.

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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

Domaine De L'Hermitage
33610 Cestas

France

Administrative Contact

Pierre CHASSIN

Participants (7)

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Association Forêt-Cellulose (AFOCEL)

France

INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA

Portugal

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

JOHN INNES CENTRE

United Kingdom

SMURFIT WORLDWIDE RESEARCH - EUROPE

France

UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-1999-00942

  • Start date

    1 February 2000

  • End date

    31 January 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 026 404

  • EU contribution

    € 2 199 999

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France