Association mapping, transcriptomics, and transient expression identify candidate genes mediating plant–pathogen interactions in a tree
W. Muchero, P. Ranjan, et al.  2018.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

International trade has resulted in the introduction of plant diseases into natural ecosystems around the world. These introductions have potentially catastrophic impacts on ecosystem structure and function. Leveraging genomic tools, natural variation within a tree species, and a high-throughput phenotyping platform, we present a framework that can be broadly applied to rapidly identify candidate genes associated with resistance and susceptibility to introduced plant diseases. The unprecedented speed and accuracy with which the candidate genes can be identified in woody trees demonstrates the potential of genomics to mitigate the impacts of invasive diseases on forest health.