Atlas of Douglas-fir genes provide new opportunities for breeding, forest health

Researchers at Oregon State University, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota, and the US Forest Service just announced a draft atlas of genes used by Douglas-fir, a conifer tree of high economic importance world-wide. This atlas of genes – called a “transcriptome” – includes 25,000 gene sequences, and it identifies nearly 280,000 variants within these genes. The lead author of the paper, FES professor Glenn Howe, says “our main goal was to develop an atlas of genes that Douglas-fir uses in day-to-day growth, as well as under stress conditions."