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Scientific Support Officer, tissue culture
Margaret O’Donnell joined Forest Research in 1977 and was until recently was engaged in research on somatic embryogenesis and cryopreservation of Sitka spruce, and now is working on the tissue culture of larch species and the common ash. She also advises on aspects of conifer flowering, pollen collection and seed management.
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY
Assisting in the development of tissue culture methods and protocols for Japanese and hybrid larch (Larix kaempferi and Larix × eurolepsis), with a view to using these methods to help develop material that is resistant to larch die-back caused by Phytophthora ramorum. This is in cooperation with Marie-Anne Lelu-Walter of the INRA Forest Tree Genetics and Physiology research unit, France
Assisting in the development of tissue culture methods and protocols for the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) as part of the Living Ash Project, see alsohttp://livingashproject.org.uk/
Conifer breeding at FR
Fenning, T.M., O’Donnell, M., Connolly, T. and Park, Y.S. (2016). Prospects for using somatic embryogenesis and cryo-preservation of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) in the UK. Scottish Forestry 70 (2), 41-49 (Autumn 2016 issue).
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