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FG Forest Genetics


Raising the Productivity, Resistance and Adaptability in Poplar - Gene Marker for Aspen in Russia


Raising the Productivity, Resistance and Adaptability in Poplar - Gene Markers for Aspen in Russia

This proposal focuses on the improvement of poplar in western and especially eastern Europe (Germany respectively Russia), where the poplar species known as aspen (Populus tremula) is indigenous and has wide distribution. In economically active target regions of St. Petersburg and Moscow the wood is intensively used and the productivity of wood production needs to raised. Large areas of abandoned land can be put into use by producing wood, a renewable resource forecast to be required more intensely in future.

Background and Objective

Coreof the research projectis the development ofgenetic markersformarker-assisted selections. Such markerswould representmajor advances inforest tree breeding. Focus is on theend product of thebreedingactivity, thewoodproducedandits quality, whichare to be investigated. Intheincludedwith thisprojecttarget regionsaround St. Petersburg andMoscowis usedintensivelywoodandtimber productionshould be intensified.


Among research institutions reproductive materials are to be exchanged and cross pollinations according to a jointly developed factorial crossing scheme executed in parallel simultaneously. The produced progenies (seed) will be shared among the partners for further testing in the lab and in field trials. Segregating populations will be used for development of DNA markers to be used for marker assisted selections (MAS). Phenotyping for productivity and resistance characters, e. g. heart rot and drought are to be carried out. Additionally wood characters of representative stands and breeding products are to be analysed and possible uses for the aspen wood explored.

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
    (national, öffentlich)


7.2015 - 8.2019

More Information

Project funding number: 28100401
Funding program: Innovationsförderung
Project status: finished


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