Genetic Improvement of Christmas Trees
Welcome. The Genetic Improvement of Christmas Tree web site will assimilate and organize genetic improvement resources relating to Christmas trees from across the United States providing a forum for researchers, extension professionals, and growers to share information.
working on Canaan fir needle retention and Douglas-fir disease resistance.
and Forestry at Michigan State University.
and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation.
working on plant molecular physiology.
understand the genetic basis of trait variation in forest trees
North Carolina State University
This site is part of a project funded by the USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative in 2012 titled Development and use of Genomic Tools to improve Firs for Use as Christmas Trees. The project is using next-generation DNA sequencing technology to accelerate the improvement of firs as Christmas trees, an important specialty crop for which American consumers spend over $1 billion annually. Initially, two traits are targeted for improvement: 1) post-harvest needle retention and resistance to Phytophthora root rot. Improving the first trait will address a major concern of many real Christmas tree consumers, messiness. Improving the second trait will lessen the impact of a major disease problem that reduces productivity and increases costs for Christmas tree growers in all fir-producing regions of the country. [ read more ]