Mapping Quantitative Traits in Forest Trees

  • Mitchell M. Sewell
  • David B. Neale
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 64)


Classic Mendelian genetic analysis relies on a simple relationship between genotype and phenotype. The phenotypic differences among individuals in a population are directly attributable to their genotype at a single genetic locus (e.g., flower color in peas). However, most traits of economic interest in forest trees do not fall into discrete phenotypic classes, but instead result from the collective action of multiple genes which exhibit quantitative variation. Traditional analysis of quantitative traits relies on phenotypic variances and family means to estimate heritabilities and variance components, within the context of environmental factors (Zobel and Talbert 1984). Although quantitative genetic analyses assume polygenic inheritance, little can be determined in regards to the specific genes involved.


Quantitative Trait Locus Mapping Population Forest Tree Wood Density Quantitative Trait Locus Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchell M. Sewell
    • 1
  • David B. Neale
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Forest GeneticsUSDA Forest ServicePlacervilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental HorticultureUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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