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Genetic determinism of maritime pine pulp and paper properties

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-00942
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 4,228,925 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,199,999 EUR
Scientific Officer: Alexandros ARABATZIS
Research topic: 5.3.2. Strategies for the sustainable and multipurpose utilisation of forest resources; the forestry-wood chain

Abstract:
Natural populations of maritime pine trees show large, in part genetically determined, variations in the properties of lignocellulosic fibres and the derived pulp and paper products. So far, tree breeding programs have failed to exploit this variation, due to the costly and destructive traditional chemical and technological assays and the requirement for mature trees to evaluate such properties. In this multi-disciplinary project, we propose to solve this problem starting from two angles. First, we will use and further develop reliable, fast, cheap and non-destructive selection criteria for pulp and paper properties. Second, we will use a combination of QTL mapping, global gene expression analysis, Arabidopsis genomics and linkage disequilibrium mapping to identify the genes controlling the traits underlying the natural variation in pulp and paper properties. This should yield valuable criteria for the selection of elite trees.


Coordinator
Christophe PLOMION
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique-Equipe de Génétique et Amélioration des Arbres Forestiers
Cestas
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 56843034
Fax: +33 5 56843274
E-mail: plomion@pierroton.inra.fr


Partners
  Jean-Francois MOURET
Genome Express SA
Grenoble
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 76885374
Fax: +33 4 76885722
E-mail: j.mouret@genomex.com
  Manuel Pedro SALEMA FEVEREIRO
Instituto de biologia experimental e tecnológica (IBET)
Oeiras
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 21 4469447
Fax: +351 21 4411277
E-mail: psalema@itqb.unl.pt
  Helena PEREIRA
Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA) Centro de Estudos Florestais
Lisboa
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 21 3634662
Fax: +351 21 3645000
E-mail: deftec@mail.telepac.pt
  Francisco CANOVAS
Universidad de Malaga (UMA)
Malaga
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 952131942
Fax: +34 952132000
E-mail: canovas@uma.es
  Maureen MCCANN
John Innes Centre, Department of Cell Biology
Norwich
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1603 452571
Fax: +44 1603 501771
E-mail: maureen.mccann@bbsrc.ac.uk
  Michael JARVIS
University of Glasgow, Department of Chemistry
Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1413 304653
Fax: +44 1413 304888
E-mail: mikej@chem.gla.ac.uk
  Guillaume CHANTRE
Association Forêt Cellulose (AFOCEL)
Nangis
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 60670249
Fax: +33 1 60670256
E-mail: chantre@afocel.fr
  Jean-Claude DOIGNIE
SMURFIT Worldwide Research Europe
Talence
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 56846410
Fax: +33 5 56846413
E-mail: JCDOIGNI@eu.smurfit.com