Canadian Forest Service Publications

Advances in forest genetics, genomics and biodiversity at the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre. 2007. Beaulieu, J.; Daoust, G.; Isabel, N.; Deslauriers, M.; Lamothe, M. Canadian Tree Improvement Association (CTIA) 30th Biannual Meeting July 24-29, 2006, Charlottetown, PEI. Wood Quality & Utilization Workshop.

Year: 2007

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39375

Language: English

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Abstract

This report summarizes the progress of the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre (CFS) research in forest genetics, genomics, molecular ecology, and biodiversity for the period 2004-2006. Our activities have mainly focussed on advanced genetics and breeding work in three spruces and eastern white pine (Pinus strobus). We have also continued to invest considerable time and effort in population genetics studies of forest tree species and in genomics in collaboration with J. Bousquet from Université Laval and as part of our participation in the activities of the Canada Research Chair in Forest and Environmental Genomics (Tier 1) and via a strategic grant obtained from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for the development of a phylogeographic atlas of Canadian conifer tree species. Research was also done in collaboration with our colleagues from Forintek Canada Corporation and Université Laval on genetic variation and control of wood characteristics. One of the projects was funded by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la nature et les technologies. We are also co-investigators of the genomics research program ARBOREA (Mackay, Bousquet, et al.), a major initiative, funded by Genome Canada and Genome Quebec for developing molecular breeding in softwood trees. On another front, in collaboration with Université Laval (J. Bousquet and D. Khasa) and Forêt Québec (P. Périnet et al.), nuclear diagnostic markers for the recognition of Populus species and their hybrids have been developed.

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