2.02.20 - Breeding and genetic resources of southern pines


7th IUFRO International Workshop on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions in Forestry Understanding forest tree-antagonistic interactions in a changing world

Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain; NEW DATE: 12-17 September 2022!
Units involved: 7.03.11, 2.02.15, 2.02.20, 7.02.05, 7.02.09, IUFRO Task Force on Forests and Biological Invasions.

Managed and natural forests provide essential ecosystem services worldwide. Due to the free of movement ofpeople and goods across biogeographical zones,tree species are increasingly challenged by emergent invasive biotic threats.We can see large range expansions of pests and diseases, as well assudden shiftsto naïve hostspecies. Moreover, climate change is also increasingabiotic tree stresses, whichsynergistically interact with tree resistanceleading to negative effects on tree survival and forest resilience. Althoughforest tree species are known to harbour high levels ofgenetic variation, most remain fairly unstudied, particularly in traits related tohost tolerance and resistancetobiotic and abiotic stressors.To understand such variations, within the framework of the genetics of tree-antagonist interactions, is necessary to forecast the survival and prevalence of forest populations in a changing environment. This knowledge can also be exploited in breeding programs aiming to improve forest health. The scientific community ispushingfor an urgent multidisciplinary and coordinatedeffort to solvethese challenges,making use of current and newknowledge, strategies and technologies. Geneticists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, phytopathologists, entomologists, plant physiologists, breeders and managers are all involved in this challenge. This workshop will provide the idealforum for updating knowledge, evidences, solutions and failuresbetween scientific, academicand practicalapproaches. It is also an opportunity toenhancethe dialogueof long experienced expertise with the newgenerations of scientists, which will provide creative and newsolutions in the near future.

Details: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/science/divisions/div2/20215/pontevedra20-1st-announcement.pdf


Book draft "Domestication of Radiata Pine" - Call for Feedback

Work has been proceeding over a number of years on a book covering the history and technical issues of domesticating radiata pine.   The authors are Rowland Burdon, Emeritus Scientist, Scion, Rotorua, New Zealand; Bill Libby, Professor Emeritus, Forestry and Genetics, University of California, Berkeley; and Alan Brown, formerly Chief, CSIRO Division of Forestry, Canberra.  A draft is posted as open-access and available for printing, in the form of a series of pdf files, so interested parties can read the files and provide feedback.  Accompanying the draft material is a covering message, expanding on this announcement and the call for feedback.

If you know of any person (or institution) who might be interested and/or might provide feedback, do pass this message on.

- Details at: http://www.kriss.net/radiatapinedomestication/
- Contact: Rowland Burdon, Rowland.burdon@scionresearch.com