Role of genomics in the potential restoration of the American chestnut

Abstract

The development of genomic tools will enhance traditional tree breeding technologies leading to more certain and timely recovery of the American chestnut, a keystone heritage tree of the eastern United States. Major efforts are being made in gene discovery, genetic marker development, construction of a BAC-based physical map, and DNA transformation technology. A strategy of map-based cloning, association genetics, and genetic engineering, combined with traditional and marker-assisted backcross breeding is proposed for the long-term genetic restoration of this iconic tree species.

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Wheeler, N., Sederoff, R. Role of genomics in the potential restoration of the American chestnut. Tree Genetics & Genomes 5, 181 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11295-008-0180-y

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  • Genomics
  • Chestnut
  • Restoration