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Western redcedar multi-trait genomic selection

  • Project Leaders: Joerg Bohlmann, John Russell
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $400000
  • Program/Competition: User Partnership Program
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome British Columbia
  • Fiscal Year: 2014
  • Status: Closed

Western red cedar is an important export contributing to Canada’s economy. This project developed genomic resources that will facilitate the application of Genomic Selection (GS) for increased selection intensity and reduced breeding cycle times in the BC western red cedar improvement program.

The project identified sets of genes and DNA markers underlying target phenotypes and developed, optimized, and deployed methodologies for high throughput phenotyping of commercially important traits.

In addition, a novel finding may point to resistance mechanisms for blight and cross resistance between foliage pests and wood pathogens; potential implications to using genomic selection for multiple pests.