Larry Smart talks about the willow breeding program at the Cornell Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (CLEREL), Portland, N.Y.
Premise: The heritability of gene expression is critical in understanding heterosis and is dependent on allele-specific regulation by local and remote factors in the genome. In this study, we used RNA-Seq to test whether variation in gene expression among F1Continue reading… Smart Lab publishes first detailed analysis of gene expression inheritance in Salix spp.
Each year, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY hosts undergraduates from across the country for an eight week Summer Research Scholar program that seeks to engage students in research projects focused around one of four areas:Continue reading… Smart lab hosts two undergraduates as part of the NYSAES Summer Research Scholar Program
Premise: Yield improvement of woody bioenergy crops has been the major focus of breeding programs, but biomass quality is also important for conversion to biofuels. Using high-resolution thermogravimetric analysis, the composition of biomass samples from two shrub willow (Salix spp.)Continue reading… Impact of genotypic and environmental effects on variation in shrub willow biomass quality
Premise: “The use of mixed models has allowed us to analyze a large yet unbalanced dataset of shrub willow yields in order to characterize GEI. The main findings are incremental increases in yield were achieved through traditional breeding techniques, thatContinue reading… Paper update: mixed model evaluation of yield in shrub willow hybrids
Premise: Root biomass is an important trait often disregarded in woody perennial selection due to the challenge and expense of accurately and efficiently measuring large populations. In this study, we aim to develop a simple method that can predict rootContinue reading… Smart lab publishes paper using capacitance as a predictor of root dry wt. in shrub willow
Premise: Shrub willow is showing promise as a dedicated bioenergy crop in areas of North America. Early breeding efforts have demonstrated that its broad taxonomic diversity can be exploited for genetic improvement. However, a comprehensive evaluation of the yield potentialsContinue reading… New paper from Smart Lab on GxE in shrub willow
Cornell research battles shrub willow leaf rust By Matt Hayes Exerpt: “…Larry Smart and his team will explore the genetic basis for rust resistance in shrub willow. By using cutting-edge genetic mapping approaches to identify the genes involved in rustContinue reading… Smart Lab battles shrub willow leaf rust
Forage and Fuel: Feeding the Global Appetites periodiCALS Vol. 5 | Issue 3 | 2015 By Sarah Thompson Exerpt: “There is a strong push for local production of food these days; I would love to see us make the sameContinue reading… Smart Lab bioenergy research featured in latest issue of periodiCALS
New Willowpedia fact sheets published in August 2015 describing the latest shrub willow cultivars commercialized for bioenergy in Larry Smart’s breeding program are now available on the Willowpedia website. ‘Fabius’ has been tested across a wide range of sites andContinue reading… New Fact Sheets: ‘Fabius’, ‘Preble’, and Genetic Diversity Groups