Date Funded: 2007
Amount: $6 million
Duration: 4 years
Objective: Bring marker-based breeding to application within the next five years for the major tree breeding cooperatives in the United States. Provide widespread training for undergraduate and graduate students, tree breeders, managers, lay-people, and other stakeholders.
Why? Globally, the gross value of the forestry sector, including manufacturing, is estimated to be $354 billion. Scientific investment in this industry will improve breeding technologies for an industry that contributes $50 billion annually to the income of 1.6 million workers and their families.
Impact: The research will further develop genetic marker assisted selection tools that accelerate the rate of tree breeding. Project outcomes will be delivered directly to breeders and documented in online databases.
Participants: University of California-Davis, lead institution
North Carolina State University
Oregon State University
Texas A&M University
University of Florida
University of Georgia
U.S. Forest Service