Genious Web

Unit of Population Genetics and Provenance Research


Our group is working on population genetics, phylogeography, quantitative genetics and provenance research with a strong focus on forest trees. Our main interest is how neutral and adaptive processes shape genetic diversity of tree populations. For this purpose we maintain a large network of field trials and nursery experiments for quantitative genetics. We also apply a wide variety of molecular markers. In total, we take care for about 70 field trials all over Austria ranging from elevations as low as 200 m up to elevations of 1700 m and including coniferous trees like Norway spruce or European larch, but also Pedunculate oak or Wild cherry. Besides maintaining and measuring our field trials, we run a number of research project (funded by different organisations) to improve knowledge on the processes shaping genetic diversity of forest trees

The main objectives of our current research are: