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Independent genetic control of drought resistance, recovery, and growth of Eucalyptus globulus seedlings


Ammitzboll, H and Vaillancourt, RE and Potts, BM and Harrison, PA and Brodribb, T and Sussmilch, FC and Freeman, JS, Independent genetic control of drought resistance, recovery, and growth of Eucalyptus globulus seedlings, Plant, Cell and Environment, 43, (1) pp. 103-115. ISSN 0140-7791 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/pce.13649


Drought is a major stress impacting forest ecosystems worldwide. We utilized quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis to study the genetic basis of variation in (a) drought resistance and recovery and (b) candidate traits that may be associated with this variation in the forest tree Eucalyptus globulus. QTL analysis was performed using a large outcrossed F2 mapping population from which 300 trees were phenotyped based on the mean performance of their open‐pollinated F3 progeny. Progenies were grown in a glasshouse in a randomized complete block design. A subset of seedlings was subjected to a drought treatment after which they were rewatered and scored for damage and growth postdrought. Nondroughted seedlings were assessed for growth traits as well as lignotuber size and resprouting following severe damage to the main stem. QTL were detected for most traits. Importantly, independent QTL were detected for (a) drought damage and plant size, (b) drought damage and growth recovery, and (c) lignotuber size and resprouting capacity. Such independence argues that trade‐offs are unlikely to be a major limitation to the response to selection and at the early life history stage studied; there are opportunities to improve resilience to drought without adverse effects on productivity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:damage, drought, forest tree, growth, lignotuber, QTL recovery, resistance, resprouting, trade-offs
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Gene mapping
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Ammitzboll, H (Mr Hans Ammitzboll)
UTAS Author:Vaillancourt, RE (Professor Rene Vaillancourt)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
UTAS Author:Harrison, PA (Dr Peter Harrison)
UTAS Author:Brodribb, T (Professor Tim Brodribb)
UTAS Author:Sussmilch, FC (Dr Frances Sussmilch)
UTAS Author:Freeman, JS (Dr Jules Freeman)
ID Code:135413
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140102552)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2019-10-17
Last Modified:2020-06-24

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