Forest Genetics and Genomics
Forest research at SCPS encompasses aspects of environmental, ecological and evolutionary genetics, of economically important subtropical forest trees.
A unifying feature of this research has been the characterisation of patterns of neutral and adaptive genetic variation in natural and planted tree populations, and the identification of influential natural and anthropogenic factors to inform natural resource management and tree improvement. Research has a strong pre-breeding emphasis, aimed at providing an understanding of genetics of adaptive traits that may be of economic significance in the establishment, propagation, and resilience of forest trees, and the quality of their products.
Located at Lismore, at the confluence of several major bioregions, and with its world class genomics and plant chemistry facilities, SCPS is ideally placed for the study of genetic and chemical diversity of a number of the subtropical eucalypts and other native trees of Australian and international significance, including, Eucalyptus grandis, Eucalyptus pilularis, and spotted gum (Corymbia citriodora). Our research has also included other natives, E. cloeziana, the Red Mahogany group, Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), native pine (Araucaria cunninghamii), as well as exotic Pinus hybrids.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) root systems
- Corymbia genome project
- Population structure and species delineation of Blackbutts
- Gene pool management of Corymbia
- Genetics of adaptive traits and pre-breeding of tree crops
Note: Southern Cross Plant Science contributes to the Southern Cross University Forest Research Centre