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Development of New Genomic Resources for Northern Red Oak, Quercus rubra

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Christopher R. Heim, Mark V. Coggeshall, Arpita Konar, and Jeanne Romero-Severson

Published May 2016 International Oaks No. 27: 189–194


We have established a northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) full sib mapping population at the University of Missouri (MU), as part of a multi-year hardwood genomics project sponsored by the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program. New genomic resources derived from this project will enable researchers to identify candidate genes associated with biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. In addition, tools developed by this project will facilitate comparative studies between this species and the pedunculate oak (Q. robur L.), a species for which a full suite of genetic markets has been developed. In 2013 and 2014, we established a total of 1072 grafted ramets of 409 full sib seedlings, plus both parents (mean 2.6 ramets per clone), on an MU-owned research farm. The creation of a genetic map for Q. rubra will enable identification of chromosome regions containing Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) that are involved in stress resistance, adaptation, and tree growth and development. Colleagues at the University of Notre Dame are now in the final stages of generating the first genetic map for Q. rubra. Since 2014, the following set of phenotypic traits has been scored in the MU population for mapping QTL: leaf phenology (including bud burst), mid-summer leaf photosynthesis and stomatal conductance, stomatal density, leaf marcescence, and leaf morphometric traits.


genetic mapping, quantitative trait loci, Lobatae


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