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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2009 Apr;12(2):148-56. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2008.12.008. Epub 2009 Jan 29.

Genomics of growth traits in forest trees.

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  • 1EMBRAPA Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, CP 2372, Brasília 70770-970 DF, and Graduate Program in Genomic Sciences and Biotechnology, Universidade Católica de Brasília - SGAN 916 módulo B, Brasília 70790-160 DF, Brazil. dario@cenargen.embrapa.br


Growth traits in trees are fundamental components of adaptation in a forest ecosystem and of productivity in planted forests. A number of processes determine tree growth, which are controlled by genetic and epigenetic factors that respond dynamically to environmental signals throughout centuries. Advances in genomics have allowed an increased comprehension of the complex mechanisms of tree growth and adaptation. Yet, the application of genomics to improving forest productivity and sustainability still entails capturing a large proportion of the total genetic variation controlling the component traits. Nonetheless, genetics and genomics are unifying disciplines that will serve well to dissect the variables and mechanisms of tree growth and development.

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