Summary of WPGP/WHISP

There are nine white pines (also called five-needle or white pines) belonging to the genus Pinus sub-genus Strobus in North America that are vulnerable to attack by the exotic fungal pathogen Cronartium ribicola, causal agent of white pine blister rust (WPBR). WPBR has reached epidemic proportions in some species and is predicted to have catastrophic ecological consequences in others. The goals of WPGP are to identify and isolate the genes that are responsible for conferring both types of resistance to WPBR.

The goal of WHISP is single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) discovery in the North American members of the white pines (Pinus section strobus). These SNP's will then be utilized to investigate evolutionary relationships among these species.






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Eckert A.J., Bower A.D., Jermstad K.D., Wegrzyn J.L., Knauss B.J., Syring J.V., Neale D.B. (2013) Multilocus analyses reveal little evidence for lineage wide adaptive evolution within major clades of soft pines (Pinus subgenus Strobus). Molecular Ecology.
Sork V.L., Aitken S.N., Dyer R.J., Eckert A.J., Legendre P., Neale D.B. (2013) Putting the landscape into the genomics of trees: approaches for understanding local adaptation and population responses to changing climate. Tree Genetics and Genomes. 9:901-911. Full Text.
Jermstad K.D., Eckert A.J., Wegrzyn J.L., Delfino-Mix A., Davis D.A., Burton D.C., Neale D.B. (2011) Comparative mapping in Pinus: sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Dougl.) and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.). Tree Genetics and Genomes. 7:457-468. Full Text.

Latest Meeting Abstracts

Jermstad K.D., Kinloch B., Burton D., Davis D., Mix A., Eckert A.J., Wegrzyn J.L., Neale D.B. 2009. Mapping loci in sugar pine associated with major gene resistance and partial resistance to white pine blister rust.. Western Forest Genetics Association Biennial Meeting. August, 2009.