skip to main content

SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect

Title: Genome resequencing in Populus: Revealing large-scale genome variation and implications on specialized-trait genomics

To date, Populus ranks among a few plant species with a complete genome sequence and other highly developed genomic resources. With the first genome sequence among all tree species, Populus has been adopted as a suitable model organism for genomic studies in trees. However, far from being just a model species, Populus is a key renewable economic resource that plays a significant role in providing raw materials for the biofuel and pulp and paper industries. Therefore, aside from leading frontiers of basic tree molecular biology and ecological research, Populus leads frontiers in addressing global economic challenges related to fuel and fiber production. The latter fact suggests that research aimed at improving quality and quantity of Populus as a raw material will likely drive the pursuit of more targeted and deeper research in order to unlock the economic potential tied in molecular biology processes that drive this tree species. Advances in genome sequence-driven technologies, such as resequencing individual genotypes, which in turn facilitates large scale SNP discovery and identification of large scale polymorphisms are key determinants of future success in these initiatives. In this treatise we discuss implications of genome sequence-enable technologies on Populus genomic and genetic studies of complex andmore » specialized-traits.« less
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1]
  1. ORNL
  2. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
  3. West Virginia University, Morgantown
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Springer, St Louis, MI, USA
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Biofuels - Climate change - Conservation - Forest Resources - Forestry - Forests - Sustainable development