Location: Skogforsk Uppsala, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 36A, Room: Utsikten, floor 6
Organiser: SLU & Skogforsk
Last signup date: 20 October 2023
Skogforsk Uppsala, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 36A, Room: Utsikten, floor 6, Uppsala/Online
SLU and Skogforsk have the pleasure of inviting researchers to “climate adaptation of forest trees for an uncertain future”– a seminar where researchers and foresters can share experiences, build networks and work towards a more resilient forest.
Climate adaptation is an important challenge for future forests with rapidly altering growing conditions that may cause tree maladaptation leading to reduced growth, increased risk of damage and mortality. Several adaptation approaches exist like changed management systems, selection of new tree species, mixing species, etc. but in this seminar, we will focus on how we can utilize knowledge of tree adaptive properties, or intraspecific variation, as a tool for climate adaptation. Knowledge of intraspecific variation can be used to develop models to predict tree performance when transferred to new climatic conditions. These models can then be used to pro-actively deploy seedlings to new sites and regions where they better match the future climate, so called assisted migration.
We will analyze and discuss different tree adaptive properties such as local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity and present how models for assisted migration have been developed. Furthermore, we will show how such models can be implemented into decision support tools for genetically improved material used in practical forestry. We will also highlight the challenges ahead, such as model prediction performance in a much warmer climate and uncertainty of the magnitude of climate change.
Please register latest Friday 20 October by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and state whether you would like to attend on-site or if you would like a Teams link.
08:30-09:30 Tongli Wang, The University of British Columbia, Canada
Using local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity of populations for forest adaptation to climate change
09:30-10:30 Arne Steffenrem, Norwegian inst. bioeconomy research (NIBIO)- Norwegian forest seed centre, Norway
Adaptation and growth of young Norway spruce – trade-offs and plasticity
10:30-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:00 Jan-Peter George, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), Finland
The future of forest genetic resources in the north: prospects, challenges, and knowledge gaps in a rapidly changing environment
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-13:45 Henrik Hallingbäck, Forestry Research Institute (Skogforsk), Sweden
Transfer and response function models, added uncertainty by the prospect of extrapolation
13:45-14:30 Mats Berlin, Forestry Research Institute (Skogforsk), Sweden
Climate adaptation of forest reproductive material – design of new seed orchards and dealing with uncertainty
14:30-15:00 Closing Remarks