Promoting Conifer Genomics

LINKTREE Linking genetic variablity with ecological responses to environmental changes. main goals of this 1,95 million Euros BiodivErsA project invoving 35 researchers is: to identify genes of ecological interest related to forest trees responses to climate change, detailed study of effects of natural selection on allelic polymorphism at candiate genes and evaluation of putative impact of environmetal change on trees and forest at stand level.

It is a network of excellence that was launched in April 2006 and financially supported by the European Union within the 6th framework programme. Since the 1st January 2011, the network has been extended under the umbrella of the European Forest Institutes (EFI) network. The overall goal of the Network is to link four major disciplines (Ecology, Genetics, Genomics and Evolution) to address global issues that European forests are currently facing as environmental changes, erosion of biodiversity. During the four years of the EU support EVOLTREE has developed the necessary experimental and monitoring infrastructures and created a wide range of physical and electronic resources on which long term research can build upon.

NOVELTREE is designed to enable significant genetic improvement of the composition and characteristics of forest products to satisfy the needs (quality, quantity, sustainability, vulnerability) of consumers and the forest-based sector.

FoResTTraC's main aim is to prepare future coordinated research plans, via a strategic research roadmap, between Europe and North America regarding adaptation of forest trees to climate changes, linking different disciplines: ecology, genetics, genomics and evolution.

Through the creation of improved varieties, forest tree breeders have played their role in the improvement and the sustainability of forests in Europe. Over decades, they have built up huge collections of trees of important species and vast networks of experimental trials. In addition, they have continuously developed original methodology in genetics and in related sciences to recombine, test, evaluate, analyse, select and mass-produce forest tree species. The main aim of this project is to develop at the European level a scientific and technical research framework in forest genetics and tree breeding.

The forest sector has to cope with progressive impact of the global climate change, increasing wood demand, and sustainable biomass economy. Biotechnology and Genomic research are needed to accelerate forest management for sustainable and competitive production. The main aim of this project is the application of latest technologies towards the identification of key genes determining adaptive traits in conifer.To provide new knowledge for the European forest-based-sector that promotes the use of renewable resources in the context of global climate change The project will focus on maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait), the most advanced conifer model species for genomic research in Europe and the most widely planted species in France, Spain and Portugal.

Swedish Spruce Genome Project
The spruce genome project has the objective to perform complete genome sequencing of one genotype of the Swedish spruce breeding program, obtain information about expression profiles of genes across different tissues, determine the function of subset of these genes, identify genes responsible for natural variation of ecologically and economically important traits and provide markers for efficient breeding of superior spruce genotypes for the Swedish forestry.

Treenomix provides a foundation of genomics knowledge and promotes forest health and sustainable forest stewardship for future generations.

BiodivERsA is a network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries. It is a second-generation ERA-Net, funded under the EU¿s 7th Framework Programme for Research, and works to coordinate national research programmes on biodiversity across Europe and to organize international funding for research projects in this field, on a competitive basis.

A project on Functional Genomics of Regulation in Forest Trees.

Collection of forest tree genome databases and other forest genetic information resources for the international forest genetics community.

EUFORGEN is a collaborative programme among European countries to promote conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources. It serves as a platform for pan-European collaboration in this area, bringing together scientists, managers, policy-makers and other stakeholders.

The Conifer Genome Project (CGP) is a federation of United States conifer genome researchers. The goal of the CGP is to advance conifer genome research through collabortive and integrated study.

Trees4Future is an Integrative European Research Infrastructure project that aims to integrate, develop and improve major forest genetics and forestry research infrastructures. It will provide the wider European forestry research community with easy and comprehensive access to currently scattered sources of information (including genetic databanks, forest modelling tools and wood technology labs) and expertise.

Smart Forests
The SMarTForests project builds on a decade of research discoveries in spruce genomics by previous projects: Arborea led by Laval University and Treenomix, led by the University of British-Columbia. These groups have developed extensive background knowledge and know-how to enable the proposed research. Our mission is, first, to break new ground in spruce genome sequencing and strongly represent Canada in international conifer genome initiatives, and secondly, to achieve efficient translation of results toward end-users from across Canada. The SMarTForests team members are joining forces and integrating their activities to support this mission.
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration.

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