Student: Hernán Dario Capador-Barreto

Conifers are by far the most important trees in Swedish forestry. However, fungal pathogens represent a significant threat to production and wood quality. Since the 1940s a breeding program to improve wood production has taken place, but breeding for resistance to pathogens has not been implemented as such. This PhD aims to study different evolutionary aspects of disease resistance in conifers to broaden the knowledge on its genetic component and contribute to the breeding program of Norway spruce in Sweden.

Supervisor: Malin Elfstrand (SLU, Uppsala)
Co-supervisor: Jan Stenlid (SLU, Uppsala)
Co-supervisor: Pär Ingvarsson (SLU, Uppsala)
Co-supervisor/Industry partner: Eva Stattin (Stora Enso)