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      Hardwood Tree Genomics: Unlocking Woody Plant Biology

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          Woody perennial angiosperms (i.e., hardwood trees) are polyphyletic in origin and occur in most angiosperm orders. Despite their independent origins, hardwoods have shared physiological, anatomical, and life history traits distinct from their herbaceous relatives. New high-throughput DNA sequencing platforms have provided access to numerous woody plant genomes beyond the early reference genomes of Populus and Eucalyptus, references that now include willow and oak, with pecan and chestnut soon to follow. Genomic studies within these diverse and undomesticated species have successfully linked genes to ecological, physiological, and developmental traits directly. Moreover, comparative genomic approaches are providing insights into speciation events while large-scale DNA resequencing of native collections is identifying population-level genetic diversity responsible for variation in key woody plant biology across and within species. Current research is focused on developing genomic prediction models for breeding, defining speciation and local adaptation, detecting and characterizing somatic mutations, revealing the mechanisms of gender determination and flowering, and application of systems biology approaches to model complex regulatory networks underlying quantitative traits. Emerging technologies such as single-molecule, long-read sequencing is being employed as additional woody plant species, and genotypes within species, are sequenced, thus enabling a comparative (“evo-devo”) approach to understanding the unique biology of large woody plants. Resource availability, current genomic and genetic applications, new discoveries and predicted future developments are illustrated and discussed for poplar, eucalyptus, willow, oak, chestnut, and pecan.

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                Front Plant Sci
                Front Plant Sci
                Front. Plant Sci.
                Frontiers in Plant Science
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                17 December 2018
                : 9
                1Center for Bioenergy Innovation, Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE) , Oak Ridge, TN, United States
                2Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service , Davis, CA, United States
                3HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology , Huntsville, AL, United States
                4Joint Genome Institute , Walnut Creek, CA, United States
                5Department of Biology, West Virginia University , Morgantown, WV, United States
                6Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria , Pretoria, South Africa
                7Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia , Brasília, Brazil
                8Universidade Católica de Brasília , Brasília, Brazil
                9Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University , Geneva, NY, United States
                10The Key Laboratory for Poplar Improvement of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing Forestry University , Nanjing, China
                11Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, Genoscope, Institut de Biologie François-Jacob , Evry, France
                12BIOGECO, INRA, Université de Bordeaux , Cestas, France
                13ISEM, CNRS, IRD, EPHE, Université de Montpellier , Montpellier, France
                14Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Pennsylvania State University , University Park, PA, United States
                15Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science, New Mexico State University , Las Cruces, NM, United States
                16The American Chestnut Foundation , Asheville, NC, United States
                Author notes

                Edited by: Ronald Ross Sederoff, North Carolina State University, United States

                Reviewed by: Hua Cassan Wang, Université de Toulouse, France; Deqiang Zhang, Beijing Forestry University, China

                *Correspondence: Gerald A. Tuskan, gtk@

                This article was submitted to Plant Biotechnology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Plant Science

                Copyright © 2018 Tuskan, Groover, Schmutz, DiFazio, Myburg, Grattapaglia, Smart, Yin, Aury, Kremer, Leroy, Le Provost, Plomion, Carlson, Randall, Westbrook, Grimwood, Muchero, Jacobson and Michener.

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                Funded by: U.S. Department of Energy 10.13039/100000015
                Award ID: DE-AC05-00OR22725
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