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Genome resequencing in Populus. Revealing large-scale genome variation and implications on specialized-trait genomes. Public

Wellington Muchero,Jessy Labbé,Priya Ranjan,Stephan DiFazio,Gerald A. Tuskan 2014 January 01 Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century. Series: Forestry Sciences, Vol. 81; pp. 587-595

Abstract

Abstract To date, Populus ranks among a few plant species with complete genome
sequences and other highly developed genomic resources. With the first reference
genome 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 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 biological
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 and specialized traits.

Citation

Muchero W., Labbé J, Priya R., DiFazio S., and Tuskan GA. Genome resequencing in Populus. Revealing large-scale genome variation and implications on specialized-trait genomes. In: Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Centruy, Part 7: Genomic studies with forest trees. Forestry Sciences Series, Vol. 81 (ed. Fenning, Trevor), 2014.