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Novel Tree Breeding

Novel Tree Breeding
Novel Tree Breeding

S. Lee (coordinacion)

Affiliation: The Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland

Biography: Has been a tree breeder based in Scotland for around 25-years. He stated his career as a Forest manager with the British Forestry Commission (FC) before moving into tree breeding with the FC Research Agency at their institute located near Edinburgh, Scotland. After spells in North Carolina and later in New Zealand, Steve got his PhD in 1997 on the quantitative genetics of growth and wood density of Sitka spruce breeding programme; estimating Breeding Values for the economic traits under section pushing the benefits of improved stock to managers and saw millers and ensuring the most appropriate planting stock meets the site conditions and growing objectives to the extent that all 35 million Sitka spruce trees planted in Britain today are all from improved sourses. More recently the suite of species subject to improvement has increased to include other conifers and broadleaves. Also the range of selection traits has widened to include resistance to pest and diseases and resilience to climate change. Steve has tentatively made the leap from traditional breeding into the world of genomics in a bid to shorter generation turnover, reduce operating cost and yet improve genetic gains. Early indications are that the investment in a new Marker Aided Selection project might be about to pay dividends. Steve was in charge of the “Dissemination WorPackage within the EU contract Novel Tree which had responsibility for the production of this book

J. Woolliams (coordinacion)

Affiliation: Forest Research based near Edinburgh, Scotland

Biography: Studied Mathematics at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and after his first degree completed the diploma in Mathematical Statistics, also at Cambridge and moved to the Animal Breeding Research Organization (ABRO) in Edinburgh, and into the field of quantitative genetics. After a range of project working on topics as diverse as Cu metabolism in sheep and endogenous Growth Hormone in dairy cattle, he moved back towards his mathematical roots and developed the quantitative genetic theory that unifies the dynamics of mean gain and variance loss in selected populations. This work with other theoretical contributions led to the award of a D.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh. More latterly his interests have been concerned with the use of genomic technology to advance the outcomes in managed populations, with applications in conservation and the design of breeding schemes. His interests have extended across a wide variety of species encompassing livestock, fish and trees. During this time ABRO has been transformed into The Roslin Institute, which has now become part of the University of Edinburgh. Within the University, he holds a Chair in Mathematical Genetics the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies


Coordination: S. Lee; J. Woolliams

About the authors 

Publication year: 2013

Language: English with Spanish abstract

Subjects: Forestry

Collection: INIA Monographs: Forestry


Tree breeding is at a crossroads. Many countries have completed their first generation of traditional breeding by selecting superior phenotypes and estimating breeding values for characteristics of interest following long-term and costly field-based progeny trials. Now there are new technologies around. Tree breeders are looking at advancements made in the areas of crop and animal breeding to see how DNA-markers can be used to speed the process up, increase the genetic gains and lower the overall costs. The challenges facing tree breeders are changing too. In additional to the original reasons for selection and breeding there is often the need for selected populations to remain resilient in the face of a changing climate and increased incidents of damaging outbreaks of new or previously benign diseases. In February 2012 a number of tree breeders from across Europe gathered together in South Scotland for one week to compose different ‘Chapters’ for this monograph. Their objective was partially retrospective to consider where tree breeding has got to but then to consider how new breeding technologies can help the tree breeder in theory and in practice. The book is a presentation of the current state of the art and how it might develop. Importantly, the book identifies the need to continue high through-put yet accurate phenotyping as well as genotyping, and the need to consider genetic variability well into the future. The book and its component Chapters are presented as a conduit to further reading. They are presented here for the students of tree breeding past, present and future as well as others interested in the possible new directions of tree breeding.

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Physical Description : 89 p.; 24x17; il.

ISBN: 9788474985573

eISBN: 9788474985580

ISSN: 1575-6106

Publication: Madrid : Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), 2013

Reference INIA: F024

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NIPO (print version): 730-13-007-4
NIPO (online version): 730-13-008-X

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