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Linking physiology, molecular genetics and genomics to understand and improve yield of populous for biomass and timber production across Europe

Objective

To develop a new European experimental network in contrasting climates, combined with mapping pedigrees of Populus to identify robust QTL for yield and disease resistance traits. To identify the molecular genetic basis of stemwood productivity in this biomass (energy) and timber tree suitable for agroforestry. To bring together current molecular genetic maps of populus and using SSR (microsatellite) markers, develop a 'consensus ' map for the genus. To use the latest tree genomics resources in Populus, particularly the large EST database, to identify candidate genes for yield and disease resistance. To undertake an association (linkage disequilibrium) analysis using collections of native P. nigra to confirm the candidate gene/QTL positions in Populus. To undertake microarray experiments with biotic and abiotic stresses to identify genes differing in expression and to map candidate genes.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
Address
Bassett Crescent East
SO16 17PX Southampton
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

FLANDERS INTERUNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY VZW
Belgium
Address
Ledeganckstraat 35
9000 Gent
INSTITUUT VOOR BOSBOUW EN WILDBEHEER
Belgium
Address
Gaverstraat 4
9500 Geraardsbergen
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
Address
Via San Giovanni Decollato 1
01100 Viterbo
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE
Italy
Address
Via Delle Scienze 208
33100 Udine
UNIVERSITAIRE INSTELLING ANTWERPEN - UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Address
Universiteitsplein 1
2610 Wilrijk (Antwerpen)
UNIVERSITY OF UMEAA
Sweden
Address
Universitetsomradet, Hus L
901 87 Umeaa