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Association Studies of Wood Development and Stress Response Genes in Loblolly Pine

The main objectives of this project are to analyze the selected genes by qRT-PCR to study gene expression differences among the different genotypes and to associate the gene expression data with single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypic data produced at the University of California-Davis. Positive associations were observed between SNPs and gene expression. Based on the results from this study, candidate genes may be further studied for association with phenotypic traits, used for development of molecular breeding tools, or included in future studies to further examine the molecular mechanisms of wood formation.

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Author(s): Andrew J. Eckert, Barry Goldfarb, Candace Seeve1, Carol Loopstra, David Neale, Jill Wegrzyn, Patrick Cumbie, Sreenath Palle1

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 2009