Molecular Projects

Quercus rubra Genetic Map - Genetic maps enable forest tree geneticists to locate genes that confer vigor and straightness, enhance acorn production and confer resistance to insects and pathogens. Jeanne Romero-Severson and Scott Schlarbaum are constructing a genetic map for northern red oak and. If sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum) should escape into the eastern deciduous forests, this genetic map and the sudden oak death susceptibility tests devised by Richard Dodd will enable us to detect the genes that confer resistance if natural resistance exists.

Investigators: Jeanne Romero-Severson (The University of Notre Dame), Richard Dodd (University of California at Berkeley), and Scott Schlarbaum