Gerald Tuskan

Biosciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Telephone : (865) 576-8141
Email : tuskanga@ornl.gov
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Gerald A. Tuskan

Corporate Fellow [Group Leader]

  • Ph.D., Genetics, Texas A&M University, 1984
  • M.S., Forest Genetics, Mississippi State University, 1980
  • B.S., Forest Management, Northern Arizona University, 1978

Research Interests:

  • Genetic basis of tree growth and development with emphasis on biomass accumulations, carbon allocation and cell wall chemistry
  • Populus genomics - assembly of the draft sequence, comparative genomics and functional gene identification
  • Short-rotation woody crop silvicultural systems

Recent Publications:

  • Muchero W, Guo J, DiFazio SP, Chen JG, Ranjan P, Slavov GT, Gunter LE, Jawdy SS, Bryan AC, Sykes R, Ziebell A, Kláp T J, Porth I, Skyba O, Unda F, El-Kassaby YA, Douglas CJ, Mansfield SD, Martin J, Schackwitz W, Evans LM, Czarnecki O, Tuskan GA. 2015. High-resolution genetic mapping of allelic variants associated with cell wall chemistry in Populus. BMC Genomics. 2015 Jan 23;16(1):24. doi:10.1186/s12864-015-1215-z.
  • Borland AM, Wullschleger SD, Weston DJ, Hartwell J, Tuskan GA, Yang X and Cushman JC. 2014. Climate-resilient agroforestry: physiological responses to climate change and engineering of crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) as a mitigation strategy. Plant, Cell & Environment. doi: 10.1111/pce.12479.
  • Weston DJ, Timm CM, Walker AP, Gu L, Muchero W, Schmutz J, Shaw AJ, Tuskan GA, Warren JM, Wullschleger SD. 2014. Sphagnum physiology in the context of changing climate: emergent influences of genomics, modelling and host–microbiome interactions on understanding ecosystem function. Plant, Cell & Environment. doi/10.1111/pce.12458.
  • Payyavula RS, Tschaplinski TJ, Jawdy SS, Sykes RW, Tuskan GA, Kalluri UC. Metabolic profiling reveals altered sugar and secondary metabolism in response to UGPase overexpression in Populus. BMC Plant Biology 2014. 14:265.doi:10.1186/s12870-014-0265-8.
  • Labbé JL, Weston DJ, Dunkirk N, Pelletier DA, Tuskan GA. 2014. Newly identified helper bacteria stimulate ectomycorrhizal formation in Populus. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 5. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00579.
  • Evans LM, Slavov GT, Rodgers-Melnick E, Martin J, Ranjan P, Muchero W, Brunner AM, Schackwitz W, Gunter LE, Chen JG, Tuskan GA, DiFazio SP. 2014. Population genomics of the model tree Populus trichocarpa identifies signatures of selection and adaptive trait associations. Nature Genetics August 25, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3075.[Epub ahead of print].
  • Czarnecki O, Yang J, Wang X, Wang S, Muchero W, Tuskan GA, Chen JG. 2014. Characterization of MORE AXILLARY GROWTH Genes in Populus. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 18;9(7):e102757. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102757. eCollection 2014.
  • Dai X, Hu Q, Cai Q, Feng K, Ye N, Tuskan GA, Milne R, Chen Y, Wan Z, Wang Z, Luo W, Wang K, Wan D, Wang 1, Wang J, Liu J, Yin, T. 2014. The willow genome and divergent evolution from poplar after the common genome duplication. Cell Res. 2014 Jul 1. doi: 10.1038/cr.2014.83.
  • Myburg AA, Grattapaglia D, Tuskan GA, et al.. The Genome of Eucalyptus grandis. Nature 2014 11 June. doi:10.1038/nature13308.
  • Bonito G, Reynolds H, Robeson MS 2nd, Nelson J, Hodkinson BP, Tuskan G, Schadt CW, Vilgalys R.2014. Plant host and soil origin influence fungal and bacterial assemblages in the roots of woody plants. Mol Ecol. 2014 Jul;23(13):3356-70. doi: 10.1111/mec.12821.
  • Ragauskas AJ, Beckham GT, Biddy MJ, Chandra R, Chen F, Davis MF, Davison BH, Dixon RA, Gilna P, Keller M, Langan P, Naskar AK, Saddler JN, Tschaplinski TJ, Tuskan GA, Wyman CE. Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing in the Biorefinery. Science 16 May 2014: 1246843 doi:10.1126/science.1246843.
  • McKown AD, Klápště J, Guy RD, Geraldes A, Porth I, Hannemann J, Friedmann M, Muchero W, Tuskan GA, Ehlting J, Cronk QC, El-Kassaby YA, Mansfield SD, Douglas CJ. Genome-wide association implicates numerous genes underlying ecological trait variation in natural populations of Populus trichocarpa. New Phytol. 2014 Apr 22. doi: 10.1111/nph.12815. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Yin H, Chen CJ, Yang J, Weston DJ, Chen JG, Muchero W, Ye N, Tschaplinski TJ, Wullschleger SD, Cheng ZM, Tuskan GA, Yang X. 2014. Functional Genomics of Drought Tolerance in Bioenergy Crops. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 33:205–224 doi: 10.1080/07352689.2014.870417.
  • Li Z, Czarnecki O, Chourey K, Yang J, Tuskan GA, Hurst GB, Pan C, Chen JG. Strigolactone-regulated proteins revealed by iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomics in Arabidopsis. J Proteome Res. 2014 Mar 7;13(3):1359-72. doi: 10.1021/pr400925t. Epub 2014 Feb 24.
  • DePaoli HC, Borland AM, Tuskan GA, Cushman JC, Yang X. Synthetic biology as it relates to CAM photosynthesis: challenges and opportunities. J Exp Bot. 2014 Feb 24. doi: 10.1093/jxb/eru038.[Epub ahead of print].
  • Tschaplinski TJ, Plett JM, Engle NL, Deveau A, Cushman KC, Martin MZ, Doktycz MJ, Tuskan GA, Brun A, Kohler A, Martin F. 2014. Populus trichocarpa and Populus deltoides exhibit different metabolomic responses to colonization by the symbiotic fungus Laccaria bicolor. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2014 Jun;27(6):546-56. doi:10.1094/MPMI-09-13-0286-R.
  • Borland AM, Hartwell J, Weston DJ, Schlauch KA, Tschaplinski TJ, Tuskan GA, Yang X, Cushman JC. Engineering crassulacean acid metabolism to improve water-use efficiency. Trends Plant Sci. 2014 Feb 19. pii: S1360-1385(14)00021-1. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2014.01.006. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
  • Muchero W, Labbé J, Ranjan P, DiFazio SP, Tuskan GA. 2014. Genome Resequencing in Populus: Revealing Large-Scale Genome Variation and Implications on Specialized-Trait Genomics. In Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century (pp. 587-595). Springer Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-007-7076-8.
  • Tisserant E, Malbreil M, Kuo A, Kohler A, Symeonidi A, Balestrini R, Charron P, Duensing N, Frei dit Frey N, Gianinazzi-Pearson V, Gilbert LB, Handa Y, Herr JR, Hijri M, Koul R, Kawaguchi M, Krajinski F, Lammers PJ, Masclaux FG, Murat C, Morin E, Ndikumana S, Pagni M, Petitpierre D, Requena N, Rosikiewicz P, Riley R, Saito K, San Clemente H, Shapiro H, van Tuinen D, Bécard G, Bonfante P, Paszkowski U, Shachar-Hill YY, Tuskan GA, Young JP, Sanders IR, Henrissat B, Rensing SA, Grigoriev IV, Corradi N, Roux C, Martin F. Genome of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus provides insight into the oldest plant symbiosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Dec 10;110(50):20117-22. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1313452110. Epub 2013 Nov 25. Erratum in: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jan 7;111(1):563. Young, Peter W [corrected to Young, J Peter W].
  • Ma T, Wang J, Zhou G, Yue Z, Hu Q, Chen Y, Liu B, Qiu Q, Wang Z, Zhang J, Wang K, Jiang D, Gou C, Yu L, Zhan D, Zhou R, Luo W, Ma H, Yang Y, Pan S, Fang D, Luo Y, Wang X, Wang G, Wang J, Wang Q, Lu X, Chen Z, Liu J, Lu Y, Yin Y, Yang H, Abbott RJ, Wu Y, Wan D, Li J, Yin T, Lascoux M, Difazio SP, Tuskan GA, Wang J, Liu J. Genomic insights into salt adaptation in a desert poplar. Nat Commun. 2013;4:2797. doi: 10.1038/ncomms3797. Erratum in: Nat Commun. 2014;5:3454. Jianquan, Liu [corrected to Liu, Jianquan].
  • Weston DJ, Wullschleger SD, Tuskan GA. Extending the Arabidopsis flowering paradigm to a mass flowering phenomenon in the tropics. Mol Ecol. 2013 Sep;22(18):4603-5.doi: 10.1111/mec.12473.
  • Shakya M, Gottel N, Castro H, Yang ZK, Gunter L, Labbé J, Muchero W, Bonito G, Vilgalys R, Tuskan G, Podar M, Schadt CW. A multifactor analysis of fungal and bacterial community structure in the root microbiome of mature Populus deltoides trees. PLoS One. 2013 Oct 16;8(10):e76382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076382. eCollection 2013.
  • Porth I, Klapšte J, Skyba O, Hannemann J, McKown AD, Guy RD, DiFazio SP, Muchero W, Ranjan P, Tuskan GA, Friedmann MC, Ehlting J, Cronk QC, El-Kassaby YA, Douglas CJ, Mansfield SD. Genome-wide association mapping for wood characteristics in Populus identifies an array of candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms. New Phytol. 2013 Nov;200(3):710-26. doi: 10.1111/nph.1242. Epub 2013 Jul 26.
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