Welcome to the primary informational site and data depository for our association mapping and population genomic studies of local adaptation in blasam poplar (Populus balsamifera L.). The goal of our research is to identify genes underlying traits that improve growth, yield and wood quality across the range of balsam poplar. Balsam poplar is among the fastest growing trees in the boreal forest and is an important component of the economies of northern communities. Poplars are harvested for paper pulp and particle board production, and hold potential for playing important roles in CO2 biosequestration and biofuel production.
Our research is based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Texas Tech University, the University of Minnesota and the Agroforestry Development Centre in Indian Head, Canada(http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/shelterbelt_e.htm). To identify the genes that matter for local adaptation in balsam poplar we are conducting genome wide scans for genes that are highly structured across latitude and comparing these results with patterns from our association mapping studies in two common gardens, one in Fairbanks Alaska (Lat 64.8oN) and the other in Indian Head, Saskatchwan, Canada (Lat 50.5oN). Our mission is to contribute to the understanding of the history, genetics and local adaptation of balsam poplar as well as train scientists for careers in population genetics. Above you will find links to the people and products from this research. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.
This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Panel and Alaska EPSCoR.
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Last modified: March 1, 2011
Contact: Dr. Matt Olson