Omnia Gamal El-Dien, Tal J. Shalev, Macaire M.S. Yuen, Lise van der Merwe, Matias Kirst, Alvin D. Yanchuk, Carol Ritland, John H. Russell, and Joerg Bohlmann (2024). Genomic selection in western redcedar: from proof of concept to operational application. New Phytologist (Accepted)


Tal J. Shalev, Omnia Gamal El-Dien, Macaire M.S. Yuen, Lise van der Merwe, Matias Kirst, Alvin D. Yanchuk, Carol Ritland, John H. Russell, and Joerg Bohlmann (2023). Genetic architecture of terpene chemistry and growth traits and the impact of inbreeding on these traits in western redcedar (Thuja plicata). Evolutionary Applications doi.org/10.1111/eva.13526


Tal J. Shalev, Omnia Gamal El-Dien, Macaire M.S. Yuen, Shu Shengqiang, Shaun D. Jackman, René L. Warren, Lauren Coombe, Lise van der Merwe, Ada Stewart, Lori B. Boston, Christopher Plott, Jerry Jenkins, Guifen He, Juying Yan, Mi Yan, Jie Guo, Jesse W. Breinholt, Leandro G. Neves, Jane Grimwood, Loren H. Rieseberg, Jeremy Schmutz, Inanc Birol, Matias Kirst, Alvin D. Yanchuk, Carol Ritland, John H. Russell, and Joerg Bohlmann (2022).  The western redcedar genome reveals low genetic diversity in a self-compatible conifer.  Genome Research doi: 10.1101/gr.276358.121

Omnia Gamal El-DienTal J ShalevMacaire M S YuenRod StirlingLori D DanielsJesse W BreinholtLeandro G NevesMatias KirstLise Van der MerweAlvin D YanchukCarol RitlandJohn H RussellJoerg Bohlmann (2022).  Genomic selection reveals hidden relatedness and increased breeding efficiency in western redcedar polycross breeding.  Evolutionary Applications doi: 10.1111/eva.13463



  • Celedon J and Bohlmann J (2019). Oleoresin defenses in conifers: chemical diversity, terpene synthases, and limitations of oleoresin defense under climate change. New Phytologist 224(4): 1444-1463. doi: 10.1111/nph.15984
  • Whitehill JGA and Bohlmann J (2019). A molecular and genomic reference system for conifer defense against insects. Plant, Cell & Environment 42 (10): 2844-2859. doi: 10.1111/pce.13571
  • Whitehill JGA, Yuen MMS, Hendeson H, Madilao L, Kshatriya K, Bryan J, Jaquish B, and Bohlmann J (2019). Functions of stone cells and oleoresin terpenes in the conifer defence syndrome. New Phytologist 221(3): 1503-1517. doi: 10.1111/nph.15477


  • Kshatriya K, Whitehill JGA, Madilao L, Henderson H, Kermode A, Kolotelo D, Bohlmann J (2018). Histology of resin vesicles and oleoresin terpene composition of conifer seeds. Canadian Journal of Forestry Research 48(9): 1073-1084. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2018-0164
  • Shalev TJ, Yuen MMS, Gesell A, Yuen A, Russell JH, Bohlmann J (2018). An annotated transcriptome of highly inbred Thuja plicata (Cupressaceae) and its utility for gene discovery of terpenoid biosynthesis and conifer defense. Tree Genetics & Genomes 14:35. doi: 10.1007/s11295-018-1248-y


  • Gesell A, Blaukopf M, Madilao L, Yuen MM, Withers SG, Mattsson J, Russell JH, Bohlmann J (2015). The gymnosperm cytochrome P450 CYP750B1 catalyzes stereospecific monoterpene hydroxylation of (+)-sabinene in thujone biosynthesis in western redcedar. Plant Physiology 168(1): 94–106. doi: 10.1104/pp.15.00315


  • Foster AJ, Hall DE, Mortimer L, Abercromby S, Gries R, Gries G, Bohlmann J, Russell J, Mattsson J (2013). Identification of genes in Thuja plicata foliar terpenoid defenses. Plant Physiology 161(4). doi: 10.1104/pp.112.206383
  • Gray L, Russell JH, Yanchuk AD, Hawkins, BJ (2013) Predicting the risk of cedar leaf blight (Didymascella thujina) in British Columbia under uncertain future climate change. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 180: 152–163. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2013.04.023


  • Russell JH, Yanchuk AD (2012). Breeding for growth improvement and resistance to multiple pest in Thuja plicata. In: Proc. of the 4th International Workshop on the Genetics of Host-Parasite Interactions in Forestry: Disease and Insect Resistance in Forest Trees, PSW-GTR-240. pp. 40-44.
  • Kimball BA, Russell JH, Ott P (2012) Phytochemical variation within a single plant species influences foraging behavior of deer. Oikos 5(121): 743–751. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19515.x


  • Russell JH and Daniels B (2010) Variation in western redcedar heartwood extractives. In: Harrington, C (ed) USFS PNW-GTR 828:83-86.
  • Russell JH and Ferguson DC (2010) Western redcedar browse resistance breeding and deployment material. In: Harrington, C (ed) USFS PNW-GTR 828:160-162.
  • Russell JH and Kimball BK (2010) Summary of western redcedar browse resistance research. In: Harrington, C (ed) USFS PNW-GTR 828:163-165
  • Russell JH and Krakowski J (2010). Yellow-cedar and western redcedar adaptation to present and future climates. In: Harrington, C (ed) USFS PNW-GTR 828: 65-70


  • Russell JH, Ferguson CF (2008) Preliminary results from five generations of a western redcedar (Thuja plicata) selection study with self mating. Tree Genetics and Genomes 4(3): 509–518. doi: 10.1007/s11295-007-0127-8


  • Daniels B, Russell JH (2007). Analysis of western redcedar (Thuja plicata Donn) heartwood components by HPLC as a possible screening tool for trees with enhanced natural durability. Journal of Chromatographic Science. 45(5): 281–285. doi: 10.1093/chromsci/45.5.281
  • Russell JH, Kopes H, Ades P, Collinson H (2007) Genetic variation in cedar leaf blight (Didymascella thujina) resistance of western redcedar (Thuja plicata). Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37(10): 1978–1986. doi: 10.1139/X07-034