FPInnovations and its partners are proud to introduce the FastTRAC project, a forest genomics research project.
To learn more about this innovative project, we invite you to take a virtual tour that will allow you to understand the production of spruce seedlings from genomic selection and the operational gains achieved as well as the research behind the innovation. This tour contains six panoramic stations (360-degree images that can be moved horizontally and vertically), 35 vignettes (tooltips), and 9 video clips.
What is forest genomics?
Genomic selection is the latest technology added to the suite of conventional methods for tree improvement. It provides an analysis of genomic profiles to enable determination at a young age of the future value individual trees obtained through breeding. Such analysis supports the selection of the best individuals for particular traits. Thus, new improved varieties of trees are available for reforestation much sooner. Several years of research have made it possible to develop this method and make it operational in spruce breeding programs in Québec and New Brunswick. The FastTRAC project is the catalyst for this shift from science to practice.
This project has been made possible thanks to participation and funding from Genome Canada, Génome Québec, Université Laval, Natural Resources Canada, FPInnovations, the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, JD Irving Ltd, the New Brunswick Tree Improvement Council, Opportunities NB, Maritime Innovation Limited.
For more information about the FastTRAC project, please contact Guy Smith, Regional Coor. and Chief, Knowledge, Transfer and Policy at Canadian Wood Fibre Centre.