HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
DOE begins international effort to sequence tree genome

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 4, 2002 -- Cottonwoods, hybrid poplars and aspens could play a role in improving the environment, displacing imported oil and creating domestic jobs, but first scientists from the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and around the world have to sequence the Populus genome.

Trees like cottonwood, hybrid poplar and aspen have long been used as model organisms in forestry, and the choice of Populus as the first tree genome to sequence is due in large part to their rapid growth rate, small genome size and widespread use in areas of interest to the forest industry and DOE.

"This effort will furnish scientists both in this country and abroad with an unprecedented molecular parts list for a tree," said Jerry Tuskan, a researcher in ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division. "Such a list will provide the scientific community with a catalog of genes, knowledge as to what these genes do in trees and an exciting opportunity to better understand how trees grow."

Ultimately, this information will allow scientists to more effectively use trees to carry out important functions like carbon sequestration and enhanced production of biomass for fuels and fiber.

This project builds upon the success that DOE has had in mapping the human genome, a decade-long effort that is expected to lead to cures and the prevention of diseases in people. While sequencing the human genome took years, researchers at DOEs Joint Genome Institute, ORNL and cooperating institutions expect to make the genetic blueprint of Populus available within 18 months. And they expect the payback to be significant.

"Genetic sequencing of Populus is expected to lead to faster growing trees, trees that produce more biomass for conversion to fuels, while also sequestering carbon from the atmosphere," said Stan Wullschleger of ORNLs Environmental Sciences Division. "In addition, trees with unique traits may be used in phytoremediation, a process
'"/>

Contact: Ron Walli
wallira@ornl.gov
865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
4-Feb-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New hydrothermal vents discovered as South Pacific Odyssey research begins
2. DCI donor services begins distribution of tissue implants
3. Landmark, pivotal Phase IIb/III trial of biotoxin for cancer pain begins
4. Work begins on powering a sustainable future for the UK
5. As autumn approaches, this chickadees brain begins to expand
6. New study begins to unravel fate of toxic pollutants harbored in Arctic waters
7. UCSF begins distributing the first of its two embryonic stem cell lines
8. Acorda Therapeutics begins Phase 3 trials of Fampridine-SR for chronic spinal cord injury
9. Nabi Biopharmaceuticals begins human testing of novel vaccine to fight nicotine addiction
10. The pathway to anxiety begins early in life
11. Montana State University begins major trout and salmonid book collection

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2017)... ITHACA, N.Y. , June 23, 2017  IBM ... in dairy research, today announced a new collaboration using ... the chances that the global milk supply is impacted ... project, Cornell University has become the newest academic institution ... Chain, a food safety initiative that includes IBM Research, ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... , May 16, 2017   Bridge ... health organizations, and MD EMR Systems , ... development partner for GE, have established a partnership ... Portal product and the GE Centricity™ products, including ... EMR. These new integrations will ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... SUNNYVALE, Calif. , April 18, 2017  Socionext Inc., a ... prototype of a media edge server, the M820, which features the ... face recognition software provided by Tera Probe, Inc., will be showcased ... and at the NAB show at the Las Vegas ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Participants ... and a high-performance fume hood. Along with the advantages and disadvantages of ductless, ... vs. ducted hoods in the laboratory. , Attendees will learn from an industry ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... The new and improved ... The pocket testers even stand upright with a new cap design that is versatile, ... in the field who need to test water quality. , The Oakton pocket testers ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... MI (PRWEB) , ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... laboratory, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Science Student Award. ... exceptional leadership qualities, and involvement with community service defray the costs of obtaining ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Band-LOK, LLC, an ... today that two new patents have been allowed by the USPTO on the ... said, “We continue to explore additional clinically-relevant designs for both the implants and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: