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Moving Forest Trees Into the Modern Genetics Era

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Science  09 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5250, pp. 760-761
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5250.760


Because of their large sizes, slow growth, and huge genomes, trees, especially forest species, have received little benefit from the gene transfer methods that have proved so useful for improving small crop plants. But new methods in gene mapping have opened the way to rapid identification of tree genes that confer desirable traits, a development that may aid both conventional tree breeding and the ultimate genetic engineering of a wide variety of improved tree strains.