Forest tree breeding can benefit from enhanced knowledge on the genes that underlie phenotypic traits of trees. This knowledge can be gained by studying the genetic variation found in nature. In this project the evolution in gene networks related to wood quality is examined in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris).
Based on observed DNA sequence variation we can estimate what kinds of evolutionary pressures are imposed on these genes. Studying the pathways as whole entities gives further information about the interactions between the genes. In this project the focus is especially on these between gene interactions and coevolution, and what implications does this have for tree breeding. The study will be conducted in a southern Finnish natural population.