DATABASES: Tree Decoders

Science  17 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5495, pp. 1255e
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5495.1255e

Trembling aspen, Douglas fir, loblolly pine: Those are a few of the species being mapped by tree genome researchers, who hope to bioengineer trees with qualities such as fast growth and resistance to pests. Topping the bookmarks of forest biotechnologists is Dendrome, a U.S. Forest Service site whose name is a play on “dendrology” (the study of trees) and “genome.” The site's centerpiece is TreeGenes, a huge database of tree genetic maps and other data. There's also a protocols section, genome software, a directory of forest geneticists, a meetings listing (including abstracts), and related links. For instance, you can connect to an atlas showing how climate change may shift the ranges of 80 eastern U.S. tree species.

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