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Early Flowering in Eucalypts


Our aim is to advance the near two-decade seed-to-seed breeding cycle to an annual seed-to-seed cycle. Overexpression of certain flowering genes such as FT allows eucalypts to produce a fertile flower with which crosses can be made and viable seed harvested within a year. In order to obtain non-transgenic seeds with this approach, we are currently researching grafting techniques in which the FT protein is produced in a transgenic root stock and move into a wild-type scion to induce early flowering. This ability will significantly increase eucalypt genomic breeding bandwidth and synthetic biology applications.

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