Mapping quantitative trait loci as a new tool in forest tree breeding
Genetic mapping represents a new tool to help traditional tree breeding methods through the identification of QTL and their integration into marker assisted selection programs. Understanding of the genetic basis of quantitative traits requires a combination of modern molecular genetic techniques and powerful statistical methods. In this review, it has been considered how developments in mapping across several forest trees have made it possible to go from QTL location to candidate genes. Information on the genetic control of adaptive and economically important traits will provide abilities for foresters to enhance wood production and to preserve adaptive capacity stands.
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