Applied genomics for tree breeding and forest health


Funding period: 2014-2019
Lead: Nathalie Isabel
Total GRDI funding: $612,161

Traditional tree improvement is time consuming and approximately 15 years of growth are required before a tree can be assessed for desired traits. This project applies genomic methods to test one year old seedlings for key traits such as height and wood density, saving considerable time. It also produces a library of genetic traits that correspond to other desired characteristics such as drought and pest resistance. Finally, this project assesses the Canadian Forest Service's capacity to perform genomic "fingerprinting" to identify Canadian spruce species. This technique can be used to detect mislabeled tree species and address imports of illegally logged timber products.

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Genomics R&D Initiative