Bhalerao R, Nilsson O, Sandberg G
Out of the woods: forest biotechnology enters the genomic era
Curr Opin Biotechnol: 2003 14:206-213
Trees represent a unique life form of upmost importance for mankind, as these organisms have developed a perennial lifestyle that produces the majority of terrestrial biomass. The difference between trees and annual plants is one of the main arguments behind the effort to sequence the entire genome of the poplar tree. This initiative is being backed up with a full-scale functional genomics effort on trees that will set a completely new agenda for forest research.