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About Populus Center


about_populus1The genus Populus includes diverse, fast growing forest trees native to the northern hemisphere. These species are recognized for their key ecological roles, and as a renewable source of pulp and timber. Recently, Populus is being developed as a biofuels feedstock. Notably, Populus trichocarpa is the first tree species with a sequenced genome. Genomics technologies are being used to better understand the biology of Populus, and promise to accelerate breeding efforts.

The goal of the Populus Center is to ultimately provide a one-stop repository of genomics and genetics resources and information to support biological research and genomics-assisted breeding in Populus.  You will find here information about the biology, breeding, genomics, and biofuels potential of Populus. This is a community-driven effort and we welcome your input!

To support development of genomics-assisted breeding in Populus for biofuels applications, additional needs include:

  1. Development of a germplasm database for Populus.
  2. Establishment of a genomics portal with integrated databases and bioinformatics tools to advance molecular and ecological research
  3. Extending SNP marker discovery to additional Populus species that are of economic and ecological importance
  4. Evaluation of marker-trait associations in breeding and natural hybrid pedigrees
  5. Development of web-based educational and extension tools for marker-aided selection, breeding and sustainability

 

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