Postdoctoral fellowship in Forest Tree Genetics (2 years) // 28 February 2021Sustainable forestry is a cornerstone in the transition to the post-carbon economy, where forests play a key role as a source of sustainable biomass. The growing demand for biomass is being challenged by the negative impact of climate change on forest productivity, which urges evaluating weather forests are capable of an adaptive response to the multiple biotic and abiotic stresses imposed by the climate change. The ability of forests to respond to climate change depends on the level of genetic diversity for which natural forests are reservoirs. These reservoirs carry genetic variants (alleles) that serve two very important purposes: adaptation and survival of natural forests and introgression of key alleles into managed forests to increase adaptation and productivity. The successful candidate will evaluate if the level of genetic diversity in natural and managed Scots pine forests is comparable, and if the capacity to adapt to climate warming remains intact and at similar levels in both natural and managed forests.
Institution: Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC)
Duty station: Umeå, Sweden
Closing date: 28 February 2021