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Gondwana Genomics will be heading to Montpellier, France to the Eucalyptus 2018 International Conference: Managing Eucalyptus plantations under global changes.
We are proud to be presenting a lightning talk: Application of DNA markers in breeding for resistance to Teratosphaeria in E. globulus and to be one of the event’s sponsors.
Get in touch if you are also attending we would love to meet up.
How can plantation companies immediately benefit from our technology?
Companies can immediately benefit in a number of ways by using our DNA marker technology, from seed orchards to deployment clones it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right tree. Our Principle Scientist, Dr Bala Thumma explains;
The immediate benefit of makers in breeding programs is identifying and correcting for pedigree errors. Pedigree errors, especially of the parents of the families, will ultimately lead to delayed progress and low genetic gain.
Companies can benefit by fingerprinting seed orchards from where seeds are collected for advancing breeding generations or when the collected seed is used for selling to other clients. Particularly if they have clonal seed orchards, we would encourage them to check if all copies of their clones are actually the correct copies.
The other common error we see is the wrong assignment of parents to their offspring. This can easily be checked by DNA testing just 10-15 offspring from each family and all the potential parents available. This is of enormous value for breeders because assigning wrong parents to offspring means the breeding values of those parents are wrong. By doing a DNA test, we can quickly reconstruct the pedigree and update the parental breeding values by using the corrected pedigree.
Another immediate benefit is to have inbreeding rates estimated by DNA test. Inbreeding will lead to low growth rates and low genetic gain in long-term.
All these issues are addressed in the ‘single-step GBLUP’ service that we provide. In ‘SS-GBLUP’, pedigree information, marker genotype data and trait data of both genotyped and non-genotyped samples are all used in a single analysis to estimate the breeding values. As marker data is used for estimating the breeding values pedigree errors will be accounted for within the analysis. Breeding values estimated with SS-GBLUP will be more accurate than the breeding values estimated with the traditional methods.
Gondwana Genomics now deploying our technology in Malaysia and Lao.
An innovative 4-year partnership to drive performanceOur collaborative project with Acacia Forest Industries (AFI) of Sabah, Malaysia and Mekong Timber Plantations (MTP) of Laos is now underway with a comprehensive genetic improvement program. We will boost producti vity in their tropical eucalyptus programs while increasing the resilience of the plantation estate.
“By coordinating a collaboration among Mekong Timber Plantations, Acacia Forest Industries, and Gondwana Genomics, New Forests can leverage the genetic information of our two tropical eucalyptus plantations to accelerate their breeding programs and get better results faster,” said James Bullen, Director of Investments and Operations for New Forests.
Another satisfied customer…
Sinarmas Forestry’s Corporate R&D Head, Marius du Plessis, PhD engaged the Gondwana team
“Sinarmas Forestry selected Gondwana Genomics as their technology partner to assist with the genomic analysis of our breeding program. A marker-assisted modeling strategy was followed and the results amiably delivered valuable information for the Tree Improvement program.
Our investment into this partnership with Gondwana Genomics is already showing foreseeable significant productivity gains in our commercial plantations.”
To find out more, get in touch with us!