AdapCar and IUFRO (WP 2.02.00) in cooperation with
Latviand State Forest Research Institute "Silava" organised conference
Genetic aspects of adaptation and mitigation: forest health, wood quality and biomass production
October 3–5, 2012, Riga, Latvia

Centre for Advanced Research in forest genetics, breeding and regeneration for adapting and mitigating climate change AdapCAR is one of the SNS (Nordic Forest Research Cooperation Committee) networks, established for a period from year 2011 to year 2015, lead by professor Erik Dahl Kjaer, Forest & Landscape Denmark, University of Copenhagen. Scientific motivation behind AdapCAR is the need to increase knowledge about the adaptation of forest trees to global warming. Maladapted trees are prone to diseases, and the genetic variability associated with adaptable traits is essential for the health of trees in a changing climate. The overall aim of AdapCAR is to support development and implementation of good practices for use and management of forest genetic resources.

The specific objective of the project is to enhance collaboration including exchange of ideas, and development of new projects in forest genetic research and breeding in the Nordic region in order to:

  • obtain better understanding of how trees adapt to climate change;
  • contribute to increased CO2 sequestration and biomass production;
  • promote development and deployment of forest reproductive material that will combine high value production with and superior health, minimum climatic injuries and long term stability;
  • contribute to a Nordic research environment, where the mutual interdependency between genetic and genomic research, wise genetic management, effective improvement, and corresponding and timely deployment are recognized.

AdapCAR organizes a yearly meeting of the partner organizations form Baltic Sea region and invited experts from other countries, that each focuses on specific aspects of adaptation. Second AdapCAR meeting is organized in a format of IUFRO international scientific conference “Genetic aspects of adaptation and mitigation: forest health, wood quality and biomass production” and will focus on interdisciplinary approach, involving scientists not only from forest tree breeding (quantitative genetics), but also molecular genetics and forest pathology. Twenty six oral presentations and eleven poster presentations were made by participants from 10 countries. The following topics are covered:

  • Mechanisms of resistance to pests and diseases
  • Genetic variation in resistance against pests and diseases
  • Forest genomics for mitigating climate change and breeding resilient trees
  • Genetic material for a future climate
  • Breeding for quality and biomass production

We would like to thank the SNS for the financial support of the AdapCAR network and this conference and IUFRO Division 2.00.00 Physiology and Genetics for the contribution. Funding from European Social Fund’s Project "Importance of Genetic Factors in Formation of Forest Stands with High Adaptability and Qualitative Wood Properties" (No 2009/0200/1DP/1.1.1.2.0/09/APIA/VIAA/146) to the event and part of the studies presented is also acknowledged.

More information in the webpage of conference http://www.nordicforestresearch.org/adapcar/meetings/.

Abstracts of conference here.

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