Adaptation of forest trees to climatic change -
Diversity of drought responses in Douglas-fir provenances



Climate change is projected to increase average temperatures globally in the range of 3°C to 6°C by 2070. This will make local trees less well adapted to climate and set current forests at risk. We examine genetic and physiological mechanisms in conifers for adapting and acclimating to climate change and develop innovative tools for gene-assisted selection of trees and forest management that can be adapted to future climate changes. The project will thus sustain economic activity in the forestry sector, assist decission making processes in nature conservation and provide benefits to the environment.

Research Aims

  • Understand adaptation and genetic diversity of drought responses in provenances of Douglas-fir
  • Study change in ecophysiological function and molecular mechanisms involved in response to drought
  • Develop genetic and physiological markers for screening of drought tolerance in Douglas fir
  • Identify phenotype characteristics linked to drought resistant genotypes as a tool for forest management

Identify functional genomic markers


  • Establishment of a reference genome
  • Selection of drought-stress candidate genes and determination of allelic variation in these candidate genes
  • Determination of phenotypic variation in sample populations
  • Linking phenotypic variation with allelic variation

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