Gondwana Genomics History…
Start of quantitative analysis
The Australian Tree Seed Centre (a research division of CSIRO) begins carrying out comprehensive seed collections from native Australian eucalypt stands in the 1980s and ‘90s. In partnership with other researchers, state agencies and companies, large numbers of progeny trials are established, including seedling and clonal seed orchards, to investigate the genetic basis of commercial traits.
Molecular research commences
The ﬁrst molecular research on eucalypts is carried out in the early 1990s. This is largely aimed at identifying molecular markers that control growth and wood traits in commercial eucalypts.
Some positive markers are discovered, but these fail to predict trait performance in unrelated families or in diﬀerent environments. Their application in real-world breeding programs is therefore limited.
Advanced markers discovered
In the years from 2005, CSIRO scientists begin to make bold advances in screening technology, developing approaches to marker discovery that harness the full potential of each species across diverse natural populations. This research uncovers large numbers of genetic markers for commercial traits in a range of plantation eucalypts.
Genetic markers conﬁrmed
Markers identifying genes with a positive inﬂuence on traits are further established between 2005 and 2014. These markers are demonstrated to predict traits in unrelated eucalypt populations growing in diﬀerent environments—with accuracies equivalent to those achieved in clonally replicated ﬁeld trials.
At last, scientists are able to deﬁne advantageous genetic traits, free of the confounding inﬂuence of environmental factors.
Marker-assisted selection commercially available
In recognition of its enormous economic potential, marker-assisted selection (MAS) technology is made commercially available in 2014. Thanks to the vast expertise of the company, CSIRO grants Australian-based Gondwana Genomics the global licensing rights to commercialise the marker technology worldwide.
Next-Generation genotyping commercially available
Gondwana Genomics’ scientists develop new next-generation genotyping methods. In a single cost-eﬀect DNA test it’s now possible to do marker-assisted selection, ﬁngerprinting and family pedigree reconstruction. Gondwana Genomics can now test for thousands of targeted SNPs in a single DNA test.
Gondwana Genomics achieves a world ﬁrst
In a world ﬁrst for commercial forestry. After a lengthy evaluation process, large-scale Marker-Assisted-Selection is now being implemented by Gondwana Genomics in numerous commercial forestry programs in Australia. Gondwana Genomics tests over 10,000 seedlings for performance.
The analysis you need,
without the wait.
For the ﬁrst time in commercial forestry, GS allows you to deﬁnitively know which of your trees have positive traits when they are just small seedlings. You will see the commercial beneﬁts sooner. Our next-generation targeted genotyping platform has simple and easy DNA collection requirements, just a single leaf.