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Sucrose synthase is a key enzyme in sucrose metabolism in plant cells, and it is involved in the synthesis of cell wall cellulose. Although the sucrose synthase gene (SUS) family in the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana has been characterized, little is known about this gene family in trees. This study reports the identification of two novel SUS genes in(More)
Predicted genetic gains of polymix, cloned polymix, full-sib and cloned full-sib testing and selection options for a breeding population were estimated for Pinus taeda L. Heritabilities for volume from the clonal testing were considerably greater than the heritabilities from the seedling testing. Cloned options had higher expected genetic gains than(More)
Shoot elongation patterns of Pinus brutia Ten. were studied in six natural populations and 10 open-pollinated families within each population. The data were collected from a provenance-progeny trial that was thinned at Ages 13 and 17 years. Annual height increment was partitioned into first flush (spring shoot) and subsequent flushes (summer shoots) and the(More)
An understanding of allelic diversity and population structure is important in developing association studies and constructing core collections for tree breeding. We examined population genetic differentiation in the native Populus tomentosa by genotyping 460 unrelated individuals using 20 species-specific microsatellite markers. We identified 99 alleles(More)
Deciphering the genetic architecture underlying polygenic traits in perennial species can inform molecular marker-assisted breeding. Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing have enabled strategies that integrate linkage-linkage disequilibrium (LD) mapping in Populus. We used an integrated method of quantitative trait locus (QTL) dissection with a(More)
In woody crop plants, the oligosaccharide components of the cell wall are essential for important traits such as bioenergy content, growth, and structural wood properties. UDP-glucuronate decarboxylase (UXS) is a key enzyme in the synthesis of UDP-xylose for the formation of xylans during cell wall biosynthesis. Here, we isolated a multigene family of seven(More)
Genome methylation plays a key role in regulating gene expression, but limited knowledge exists concerning the link between DNA methylation and economic traits in forest trees. We measured photosynthetic characteristics and growth traits in 130 intraspecific hybrids of Chinese white poplar (Populus tomentosa Carr.) and detected their genome methylation. The(More)
The distributions of genetic variance components and their ratios (heritability and type-B genetic correlation) from 105 pairs of six-parent disconnected half-diallels of a breeding population of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) were examined. A series of simulations based on these estimates were carried out to study the coverage accuracy of confidence(More)
Despite the significance of actin in plant growth and development, little is known of the structure, expression and evolution of the actin gene family in woody plants. In this study, we systematically examined the diversification of the actin gene family in Populus by integrating genomic organization, expression, and phylogeny data. Genome-wide analysis of(More)