In the project we search for genes causing natural genetic variation in important heartwood traits, specifically extractives of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) relating to decay resistance of wood material (timber). The long term aim of the project is to enhance the supply of high-quality and sustainable materials for mechanical wood industry. The project is part of the Academy of Finland funded BioFuture 2025 consortium “Genomic Selection: Towards more Efficient, Financially Viable and Resilient Wood Production (GenoWood)” with Prof. Teemu Teeri (University of Helsinki), Prof. Katri Kärkkäinen (Luke), Prof. Fred O. Asiegbu (University of Helsinki) and Prof. Outi Savolainen (University of Oulu). Our goal in the consortium is to utilize novel genomic and phenotyping methods and examine the feasibility of conducting genomic selection in Nordic conifer species.
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