The Plant Genetics and Silviculture Team studies the genetic structure and basis of adaptation in plants distributed across forested lands in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. (Alaska, Oregon and Washington). Our molecular lab uses genotyping and genomics approaches to map the distribution of geographic genetic variation as part of our continuing effort to identify genetic and gene expression responses to weather and climate, both of which play an important role in local adaptation.
10-Feb-2010: Hot off the Press! Whittall JB, Syring J, Parks M, Buenrostro J, Dick C, Liston A, and Cronn R. Finding a (pine) needle in a haystack: chloroplast genome sequence divergence in rare and widespread pines. Mol Ecol 2010 Feb; 19(s1): 100-114. Special Issue: Next Generation Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04474.
05-Feb-2010: The Western Transcriptome "RNASeq-apalooza" RNA prep party was a wild success. Research groups from the USFS Pacific Southwest Station, Pacific Northwest Station, and UC-Berkeley prepared Illumina RNA-Seq libraries for Sugar Pine (Jessica Wright, PSW-USFS), Tan Oak (Katy Hayden, UC-Berkeley) and Douglas-fir (Eriko Miuira, PSW-USFS). Prepare for the data tsunami!
02-Dec-2009: The fruit of our most recent labor! Parks M, Cronn R, and Liston A. Increasing phylogenetic resolution at low taxonomic levels using massively parallel sequencing of chloroplast genomes. BMC Biol 2009; 7 84. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-7-84 pmid:19954512.
See the commentary about this paper ("Christmas Tree asks 'Who's my Daddy?") on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG70_WMYfdY
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331