2.02.15 - Breeding and genetic resources of five-needle pines



SAVE THE DATE: Tree Resistance to Insects and Diseases: Putting Promise into Practice

August 5-10, 2018, Mt. Sterling, Ohio USA

Make plans to attend the 6th International Conference on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions: Tree Resistance to Insects and Diseases: Putting Promise into Practice. 

The conference will be held at the Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center, Mt. Sterling, OH, and will feature keynotes by invited speakers, technical sessions with contributed research talks and discussions, and a field trip tour of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station Forest Science Laboratory. 

This conference will enhance the dialog of experts and young scientists on: 1) the current and emerging challenges posed by pests and pathogens to forest tree species; 2) the current status and extent of our knowledge of genetic foundations of resistance to these threats; 3) the emerging ideas and technologies from around the globe that are relevant to resistance genetics and breeding programs; 4) the successes to date in applied resistance breeding programs; and 5) creating a vision for the next decade for work in this area. 

Unlike most scientific conferences, this meeting features a workshop-style format to encourage participation, communication, and engagement. Organizers will bring together a diverse group of scientists from around the world to share current research and build future collaborations related to tree resistance to insects and diseases. Currently, the conference is being sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, several IUFRO units, and the Forest Health Research and Education Center.

More information can be found on the conference website: https://treeresistance2018.ca.uky.edu/.

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Richard A. Sniezko, United States


Dmitri Politov, Russian Federation

Anna W. Schoettle, United States

About Unit

The Working Party on Breeding and Genetic Resources of Five-Needle Pines is concerned with research cooperation and exchange of information on all aspects of genetic research on the five-needle pines. This includes provenance testing and genetic resources, breeding, species hybridization, clonal propagation and testing, tissue or cell culture, cell and molecular genetics, and the genetics of host-pathogen interactions. Increasingly though we are using this knowledge to address issues related to climate change, land pressure and conservation.


State of Knowledge

The Unit has been particularly active over the past decade with four very informative meetings: Medford, Oregon USA (2001); Valiug, Romania (2006); Yangyang, Korea (2008); and Fort Collins, Colorado USA (2014). The Proceedings of these meetings can be found in the publications page of this Working Party.

Although traditionally the Unit has focused on provenance testing, selection and breeding, especially against important pests and pathogens, particularly white pine blister rust. An increasing emphasis is now on gene conservation and the impact of climate change. We have gained a great deal of knowledge and have had some moderate successes with blister rust to our productive species (see Forest Pathology Special Issue: White Pines, Ribes, and Blister Rust, August 2010, Volume 40, Issue 3-4). But it is now apparent that land use pressures, climate change along with diseases such as blister rust require us to focus more on gene conservation efforts and develop a holistic view looking at genetics, ecology in the framework of conservation.

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