Head of Unit

PD Dr. Matthias Fladung

Sieker Landstraße 2

22927 Großhansdorf

Telefon +49 4102 696 107

Fax +49 4102 696 200

e-Mail matthias.fladung@  thuenen.de

Breeding new energy poplar varieties by biotechnology


ZÜEND: Breeding new energy poplar varieties for Germany

In comparison to other energy crops, short rotation coppice (SRC) of poplar trees show improved energy, environmental and economic balance. However, there is a high demand for poplar breeding of varieties that are adapted to this form of cultivation.

Background and Objective

Based on one with molecular markers already well-characterized line of poplar clones and having regard to the difficulties in the controlled intersections is the innovative technology of somatic hybridization be used to increase the genetic diversity through new combinations of poplar lines from the various sections and optimized energy poplars to grow.


Parallel to the development of new techniques in poplar breeding, molecular markers for important breeding characteristics as well as hybrid analysis are developed. One focus of the work will be on the combination of high juvenile growth ability and resistance to poplar leaf rust out.


Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
    (national, öffentlich)


6.2011 - 5.2014

More Information

Projekt type:
Funding program: FNR
Project status: finished


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  1. Pilate G, Allona I, Boerjan W, Dejardin A, Fladung M, Gallardo F, Häggman H, Jansson S, van Acker R, Halpin C (2016) Lessons from 25 years of GM tree field trials in Europe and prospects for the future. Forestry Sci 82:67-100, DOI:10.1007/978-94-017-7531-1_4
  2. Ahuja MR, Fladung M (2014) Integration and inheritance of transgenes in crop plants and trees. Tree Genetics Genomes 10(4):779-790, DOI:10.1007/s11295-014-0724-2
  3. Fladung M (2013) Efficient in vitro plantlet regeneration in Populus euphrata Oliver [online]. Afr J Biotechnol 12(8):826-832, zu finden in <http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/AJB/article-full-text-pdf/81F997626646> [zitiert am 12.11.2013]
  4. Brügmann T, Fladung M (2013) Potentials and limitations of the cross-species transfer of nuclear microsatellite marker in six species belonging to three sections of the genus Populus L.. Tree Genetics Genomes 9(6):1413-1421, doi:10.1007/s11295-013-0647-3
  5. Schröder H, Wühlisch G von, Fladung M (2012) Auch bei Pappeln ist nicht immer drin, was drauf steht. AFZ Wald 67(5):13-15
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  6. Schröder H, Höltken AM, Fladung M (2012) Differentiation of Populus species using chloroplast single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers – essential for comprehensible and reliable poplar breeding. Plant Biol 14(2):374-381, doi:10.1111/j.1438-8677.2011.00502.x
  7. Fladung M (2012) Entwicklung und Nutzung neuartiger genetischer Technologien zur Erhöhung von Biomasseerträgen in Populus spec. (PopMass). Beitr Nordwestdt Forstl Versuchsanst 8:
  8. Knoop M von, Fladung M (2012) Stadtbäume als Ergänzung des Biomasseaufkommens? : eine Herausforderung für die Gentechnik. AFZ Wald 67(12):16-19
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