• wood chemistry and structure

  • disease resistance

  • shoot phenology and stress tolerance

  • maturation, flowering onset and sterility, and rootability


Research on functional genomics could include studies in the following areas:

  • high-precision quantitative trait loci analysis and synteny-based candidate gene selection

  • transformation tests of candidate genes selected from expressed sequence tag banks

  • complementation, suppression, and overexpression tests of identified genes via transformation

  • large population of activation-tagged transgenic trees to directly identify genes for diverse traits

  • additional bacterial artificial chromosome libraries for trait-specific experiments

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