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Resistance of spruce to root and butt rot disease

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00241
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2001
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,936,153 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,364,833 EUR
Scientific Officer: Alexandros ARABATZIS
Research topic: 5.3.1. Multifunctional management of forests

Abstract:
This Research explores resistance to infection by Heterobasidion spp. in clones of Norway and Sitka spruce. Clones will be inoculated with H. annosum, H. parviporum or H. abietinum and the extent of pathogen growth and lesion development measured. Resistance of clones will be related to qualitative analysis of terpenes. QTL/AFLP maps will be used to determine molecular markers for resistance. Post-infectional responses of clones will be determined by localising the accumulation of pathogenesis-related proteins and measuring rate of development of bark boundary and xylem barrier zones to infection. Resistance of xylern to degradation by the pathogens will also be assessed. These data will be used to analyse inheritance of resistance, and to develop methods to predict inheritance of resistance based on experimentally determined markers.


Coordinator
Fred STEVENSON-ROBB
The University Court of the University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1224 272121
Fax: +44 1224 272319
E-mail: f.stevenson-robb@abdn.ac.uk


Partners
  Roger FINLAY
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Uppsala
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18671554
Fax: +46 18309245
E-mail: roger.finlay@mykopat.slu.se
  Raffaello GIANNINI
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Firenze
ITALY
Tel.: +39 055461071
Fax: +39 055486604
E-mail: imgpf@imgpf.fi.cnr.it
  Kristen FRETHEIM
Norsk institutt for skogforskning
Aas
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 64949000
Fax: +47 64942980
E-mail: kristen.fretheim@nisk.no
  Jan FRYK
The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden
Svaloev
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18188500
Fax: +46 18188600
E-mail: jan.fryk@skogforsk.se
  Spyros VIZANTINOPOULOS
National Agricultural Research Foundation
Ilisia - Athens
GREECE
Tel.: +30 16840333
Fax: +30 16846700
E-mail: gendirector@nagref.gr