Prediction models use genomic and other types of “omics” data to estimate what will be the traits of an organism before their reach full maturity. For tree species, that take decades to complete their life-cycle, prediction models can be an exceptional tool to accelerate breeding.
Develop better ways to predict what traits a tree will have.
How are we doing this?
We are testing and applying prediction models that incorporate multiple layers of “omics” data, collected from a population of poplar.
What is next?
We will test if these models can be applied to predict whole-plant phenotypes (growth and development), as well as molecular traits such as gene expression.
Who funds this work?
This project has been funded through the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture.