National tree genomics project (AS17000)
What’s it all about?
This program is about harnessing genetic technologies for the benefit of Australian tree crop industries. These technologies can be developed and used in breeding (to deliver cultivars with key productivity and profitability traits) and to deliver improved management techniques - however this is an area that's still in its infancy for tree crops, due to their unique challenges such as long generation times.
This program involves separate components working together to deliver a deeper understanding of the relationship between tree crop traits ('phenotypes') and their underlying genetics ('genotypes') and genetic mechanisms. This will then feed into the ultimate development of tools and opportunities for rapidly and more efficiently addressing current and future needs of industry. Each program component is developing a genetic 'toolbox' for this use, with a genomics toolbox, a genotype prediction toolbox and a phenotype prediction toolbox.
Crops that will be used as case studies in the program include almond, avocado, citrus, mango and macadamia.