Hur förädlar vi på bästa sätt fram nytt plantmaterial anpassat för framtida klimatförändringar och hur använder vi bäst befintliga förädlade frökällor?

Climate change will require forest regeneration material adapted to a different range of conditions than those existing today. The aim of this project is to develop norms of reaction models to describe the amount and pattern of genotype by environment interaction in a climate change context. The models will be used for selection of individuals in tree breeding or for mass propagation showing a high and stable performance in a broad range of environments with different climatic conditions. At population level, we will develop the best use of improved seedlings and delineating seed utilization zones over general climate gradients. It is also of interest for G x E interaction on individual tree or family level for site specific effects like frost prone and not frost prone sites. Part of the project will involve artificial climate experiments using greenhouses etc. to study the annual growth cycle in response to climate. Part of the project will involve mega-data analyses of population with environment interaction for Norway spruce using variables describing the climate based on meteorological data used in climate scenario research and variables that describe the site.

Host Company: Bergvik Skog AB

PhD student: Jenny Lundströmer
Supervisors: Johan Westin (Main Supervisor),
Mats Berlin, and Harry Wu, Oskar Skogström (Industry supervisor)