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Nat Rev Genet. 2011 Feb;12(2):111-22. doi: 10.1038/nrg2931.

Forest tree genomics: growing resources and applications.

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Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA.


Over the past two decades, research in forest tree genomics has lagged behind that of model and agricultural systems. However, genomic research in forest trees is poised to enter into an important and productive phase owing to the advent of next-generation sequencing technologies, the enormous genetic diversity in forest trees and the need to mitigate the effects of climate change. Research on long-lived woody perennials is extending our molecular knowledge of complex life histories and adaptations to the environment - enriching a field that has traditionally drawn biological inference from a few short-lived herbaceous species.

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