2009 Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - May 31 - June 3, 2009 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia


Sunday, May 31
1:00 - 5:00 pm North America Quantitative Forest Genetics Workshop

Quantitative genetics is rapidly changing in the era of genomics. In recent years, the discipline has focused on establishing associations between complex phenotypic traits and genomic information using statistics and computer power. In the workshop, the latest research on use of genetic markers in forest tree breeding will be presented and the future direction of quantitative genetic applications in forest tree breeding will be discussed. For further details contact Fikret Isik, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University (Email: fisik@ncsu.edu).

1:30-2:30 From Cad and Fr marker assisted selection to marker directed population improvement.

By C. Dana Nelson*, Milan Lstiburek, Craig S. Echt
(Southern Institute of Forest Genetics)
2:45-3:45 The Effect of Population Parameters on Applications of Genetic Marker Technologies to Tree Breeding.

By Ross Whetten*, Fikret Isik
(North Carolina State University)
4:00-5:00 Use of Bayesian Methods in Simultaneous Detection of SNPs with Imputation of Missing Genotypes and in Variable Selection for Prediction of Phenotype.

By Dudley Huber*, Xiaobo Li, George Casella, Vikneswaran Gopol
(University of Florida)
4:00 - 6:00 pm Poster setup
6:00 - 8:00 pm Reception
Monday, June 1
8:30 am Welcome
8:40 am Keynote speaker
J. Brian Fiacco, Timberland Strategies LLC
TIMES CHANGE: Relevance of tree improvement to changing land ownerships and objectives
9:15 - 11:30 am LPGP Workshop

9:15 am - Jeffrey Dean, UGA
Opening Remarks and Progress on Enhanced EST Resources for Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda L.) and Other Conifers

9:45 am - Craig Echt, USFS
Sequencing and Mapping the Gene Space of the Southern Pines

10:15 am - BREAK

10:45 am - Campbell J. (Joe) Nairn, UGA
Wood formation in Loblolly pine: Characterizing gene function in xylem morphogenesis

11:15 am - Randy Johnson, USFS
A Report from the Madrid Symposium on Conifer Genomics: New frontiers in forest genomics

11: 30 am - John MacKay, Laval
The International Conifer Genome Resource Initiative

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 pm Adept2 Capstone Minisymposium

1:00 pm - David Neale, UC Davis:
Allele Discovery for Economic Pine Traits2

1:10 pm - Andrew Eckert, UC Davis:
The Integration of Resequencing, Genotyping and Population Structure Data Reveals Patterns of Adaptive Genetic Diversity in Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda L.)

1:35 pm - Sreenath Reddy, Texas A&M:
Association Studies of Wood Development and Stress-Related Genes in Loblolly Pine.

2:00 pm - Katie Tsang, UC Davis:
Association Genetics of the Loblolly Pine Metabolome

2:25 pm - Patrick Cumbie, NSCU:
Association Genetics of Water use Efficiency and Early Growth in Loblolly Pine

2:50 pm - John Davis, University of Florida:
An Association Study of Disease Resistance in Loblolly Pine

3:15 - BREAK

3:30 pm - Gary Peter, University of Florida:
Identification of Genes Controlling Wood Properties in Loblolly Pine using Association Genetics

3:55 pm - Anna Stombolia-Kovach, UC Davis:
Sequencing and Annotation of 10 Loblolly Pine BACs

4:20 pm - Jill Wegrzyn, UC Davis:
Dendrome Project and TreeGenes Database Resources

4:45 pm - Nick Wheeler, NCSU:
The ADEPT Outreach Experience

5:00 pm - David Neale, UC Davis:
The Conifer Translational Genomics Network

5:30 - 7:00 pm Reception/Posters
8:00 pm LPGP organizational meeting
Tuesday, June 2
8:30 am - 12:00 pm Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

8:30 am - Keynote speaker Tim Tschaplinski, ORNL
Accelerated domestication of Populus for bioenergy production and enhanced C sequestration

9:10 am - Mingzhe Zhao, VT
Protein-protein interactions between members of the poplar biomass gene set

9:35 am - Cetin Yuceer, MSU
Identification of extracellular protein markers for stress in poplar

10:00 am - BREAK

10:30 am - Rick Meilan, Purdue
Genetic Control of Heartwood Formation in Black Walnut

10:55 am - Michael Cunningham, Arborgen
Freeze Tolerant Eucalyptus: A biotech solution for purpose-grown hardwoods

11:20 am - Nurul Islam-Faridi, TAMU
Physical distribution of pine repetitive DNA sequences using FISH

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:40 pm Vegetative propagation/Genotype x Environment/ Growth and Yield

1:00 pm - Gerald Pullman , GT
Analysis of Seed Redox Chemicals in Loblolly Pine to Improve Somatic Embryo Growth and Germination

1:25 pm - David Barker, NCSU
Analysis of Biomass Production in Young Loblolly Pine

1:50 pm - Jeremy P. Stovall, VT
Growth of clonal Pinus taeda following fertilization in the Virginia piedmont

2:15 pm - Charles O. Sabatia, VT
Height-Age Relationships in a Loblolly Pine Varietal Screening Trial: Implications for Stand Yields

2:40 pm Break
3:10 - 5:00 pm Vegetative propagation/Genotype x Environment/ Growth and Yield

3:10 pm - Kevin M. Potter, NCSU
Assessing the Potential Genetic Impacts of Climate Change to North American Forest Tree Species

3:35 pm - Barbara Crane, USFS
Status of Longleaf Pine Seed Orchard Resources in Support of Restoration

4:00 pm - John Stewart , Oklahoma St U
More on the population genetics and introgression of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) and shortleaf pine (P. echinata Mill.)

4:25 pm - Robert Jetton, NCSU
Genetic Diversity and Ex situ Gene Conservation of Eastern and Carolina Hemlocks Threatened by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

5:00 - 6:30 pm SFTIC Planning Committee Meeting
6:30 - 8:30 pm Banquet at the Inn
8:30 - 9:30pm Poster teardown
Wednesday, June 3
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Selection, Breeding, and Testing/Valuation of Forest Genetics

8:30 am - Steve Mckeand, NCSU
What are the Consequences of Reduced Effort in Tree Improvement?

9:00am - Jin Xiong, NCSU
Genetic Variation in Stem Forking in Loblolly Pine

9:25 am - Patricio R. Munoz, U Florida
Introgression of Loblolly pine genes into a Slash pine

9:50 am - BREAK

10:20 am - Keith J. Jayawickrama, Oregon St U
Update on cooperative improvement of coastal Douglas-fir and western hemlock in the US Pacific Northwest

10: 45 am - Richard Bryant, Arborgen
Superior Parents Produce Superior MCP Families

11: 10 am - Fikret Isik, NCSU
Fusiform Rust Fr Genes by Bulked Inocula Interactions in Loblolly pine

12:00 Adjourn

*designates speaker

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