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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2017 17 C 297 Teagasc (UCD) €597,100

Project Title:

GENESIS: Genomic evaluation for the sustainable Improvement of Sitka spruce

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Niall Farrelly

Project Abstract

A new research project aims to increase the productivity and economic value of timber from Irish forests. The GenESIS project coordinated by Dr. Niall Farrelly at Teagasc will collect new and important phenotypes on Sitka spruce, and develop DNA-based assays to interrogate genetic variation in the Irish Sitka spruce tree improvement programme. DNA-based tools will be used for DNA fingerprinting and guiding crossing decisions for the development of the next generation of improved trees.  This research also hopes to identify superior trees at an early age that can utilise resources more efficiently, have greater recovery and have increased added value at the forest and processing stage. The proposed research will deliver increased value and competitiveness to the wood processing sector while ensuring the resilience of the forest resource.  The project will bring together academic researchers from Teagasc, UCD, Trinity College, NUI-Galway, National Botanic Gardens and Coillte (The state Forestry Board).

Final Report:

Not available yet