Author(s): Frances R. Thistlethwaite & Yousry A. El-Kassaby Published in: BMC Genomics (December, 2017) URL: doi.org/10.1186/s12864-017-4258-5 Genomic prediction accuracies in space and time for height and wood density of Douglas-fir using exome capture as the genotyping platform Genomic selection (GS) can offer unprecedented gains, in terms of cost efficiency and generation turnover, to forest […]
Changing climates and climate-induced insect outbreaks are on the rise and they can lead to drought and forest destruction. This threatens both forests and the communities that depend on the forest industry. Genome BC is supporting a $5.7 million research project co-lead by Dr Yousry El-Kassaby that aims to shorten the time, by about 20 years, for tree-breeding cycles thus alleviating side effects from climate conditions and insects.
Author: Yousry El-Kassaby Published in: G3 Genes Genomes Genetics (March, 2016) DOI: doi:10.1534/g3.115.025957 Infusing genomics in classical breeding Tree breeding methods require the creation of families, half- and full-sibs, produced from crosses among selected trees for field testing and the genetic evaluation of parents and offspring for selecting elite individuals for new breeding cycles and the establishment of […]
Forest scientists at the University of British Columbia believe they’ve discovered the root cause of a deadly tree fungus: extra genes. The fungus, Mycosphaerella populorum, uses extra genes to produce a toxin that can cause fatal lesions on the leaves, stems and branches of poplar trees. The extra genes were found through genome sequencing, the mapping of an organism’s DNA.
A new $2.43 million research project, funded in part by Genome BC, has been approved to develop state of the art DNA biosurveillance detection tools for operational deployment. Preventing the introduction and establishment of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) such as the Asian gypsy moth and other forest pests, will protect forests and trees and also maintain Canada’s pest-free status to ensure market access for Canadian forest exports.