The role of genetics in herbivore resistance, growth and stress tolerance of Nicotiana attenua

The role of genetics in herbivore resistance, growth and stress tolerance of Nicotiana attenua. A study to examine the role of genetics in herbivore resistance, growth and stress tolerance of Nicotiana attenua (commonly known as wild or coyote tobacco) is taking place at the SEGA Walnut Creek (WCCER) site and well as a site in Utah.
Approximately 1000 plants from Recombinant Inbred Lines or RILs (populations derived from multiple inbred strains in order to study complex genetic traits which normally have large variation for a specific trait/traits) will be grown in an experimental field plot, by researcher Ian Baldwin (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology). The aim is to examine the power of forward genetics to identify the specific position of a gene's DNA sequence on the chromosome of Nicotiana attenua. The ground and infrastructure for the experiment are beginning in summer 2016. Plants will be planted in the end of May 2017 and phenotyping will be carried out in June and August 2017.
Principal Investigator: 
Ian Baldwin
Email: 
baldwin@ice.mpg.de
Year Initiated: 
2 016