- Spencer, Katherine J.
University of Maine Graduate School
The trajectory of stem wood productivity over time is a principal factor in determining the optimum ages for harvest as well as estimating rates of carbon sequestration in forests. mechanisms controlling the age-related productivity decline in trees and the genetic foundation for this process are not well understood. We aimed to establish an analysis pipeline that integrated current whole plant physiological and genomic paradigms for understanding the molecular basis of age related productivity decline in red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.).