Breeding and genetics of forest trees
This is a major entry to Dag Lindgren's website
Introduction (to TBT, but relevant for the whole web)
The lower part of this page is used for news and links to matters, which may appear or I would like to focus your attention on. It will be a mixture of matters of interest to the World or just a few people around me with an emphasis on Sweden, Nordic, Tree Breeding, Breeding Theory. The content depends on what catches my attention or I happen to be informed about. I have no intention to be fully covering. For discussions, there is FORESTGEN, but I will also make some additional efforts in different forms. If you want something announced here or have comments, let me know. This service will probably continue until 2007. If you find this resource valuable, you may want to tip a colleague or student about its existence.
A research school in forest genetics and tree breeding has been initiated in Sweden (more details in the Swedish section below). For my group it seems likely a PhD student, who should do research in breeding theory focusing on establishment of seed orchards will be recruited in the near future. This research means intimate cooperation with Industry establishing seed orchards (formal employment will be with Industry, benefits are likely to include full salary for five years). This ought to be suitable and attractive for those heading for a carrier associated with forest tree breeding. Please, focus the attention of this to potential applicants! They are welcome to initiate a contact with me on email.
Links to forest genetic and tree breeding organizations. Please, inform me about the best link to your organization if you think it should be included in the list or if the link representing your organization should be improved!
A plant breeding Nordic-Baltic post graduate course is arranged in Norway in June 2004. Forest tree breeding post graduate students or active workers or breeders are welcome. Information is also available at NOVA web: http://www.nova-university.org/
I have arranged a tree breeding course in English full time one month in November the last four years. The last of these courses will be given in November 2003, but no course is planned for 2004 (this has little with students interest to do, but is connected to an administrative change). The course is recommended for undergraduates Worldwide, who want to specialize in forest tree breeding; or doctorands in tree breeding related subjects, who have a weak background in formal forest tree breeding and forest genetics. A similar course may appear again earliest in the autumn 2005, when with higher demands for prior knowledge, and probably including more basic forest genetic issues like evolution. This is because of changes in our undergraduate programs.
Forest Genetic resources: their use and conservation A conference held in Húsavík, Iceland, August 27-29, 2003 by the Nordic Group for the Management of Genetic Resources of Trees. Information about the meeting, my lecture (about the number of clones in seed orchards) abstract and slide show and some pictures.
The position as Leiter des Instituts fur Forstgenetik und ForstPlanzenzuchtung in Hamburg is open for applications.
NCSU (Tim Mullin) has taken an initiative around the activities of breeding and genetics in south US; you can apply to subscribe to a mailing service.
We had a discussion about terminology. Group coancestry can be shared into two components: Self-coancestry and Pair-coancestry. Or what do you think?
Population, Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics of Forest Trees, Sept. 2004, Asilomar, CA
Eftersom "forskarskolan" har en forskarassistent under tillsättande som huvudsakligen skall syssla med detta torde det vara av stort intresse att den forskare som närmast skall hålla i detta åker på konferensen:
17-18 October 2003, Turin, Italy. "Marker assisted selection: A fast track to increase genetic gain in plant and animal breeding?" An international workshop, organized by the Fondazione per le Biotechnologie, the University of Turin and FAO, that aims to focus and spread significant results obtained through the application of marker assisted selection, as well as to discuss advantages and drawbacks of molecular marker application to crop and animal breeding, with particular emphasis for the benefits of developing countries. Deadline for registration 10 October. See http://www.fobiotech.org/marcatori_molecolari.htm for more information.
Biotech links, there are plenty, I found one informative at
http://www.gmsciencedebate.org.uk/ it seems like they try to arrange some national people debate in UK these days!
http://dendrome.ucdavis.edu/ a site where links to positions, meetings, list of URL where proceedings, genome resources, directory to forest tree breeders, etc. may be found.
A Course in Thailand in tropical forestry heading on Nordic students. Nordic tree breeders (including me) get more and more involved in Tropical countries, so some research student in tree breeding or forest genetics may see this as a good idea.
The information available on this site mid August 03 is found here
Nordic News in Scandinavian:
Nordiska skogsbrukets frö och plantråd, där för närvarande Lennart Ackzell är ordförande och Carina Strömberg sekreterare, har en hemsida. Där kan man bl a hitta planer på och dokumentation från konferenser och temadagar och länkar.
Senaste årsrapport från det första cooperativet i södra USA, lägg märke till att i historiken överst på sid 10 utpekas Åke Gustavsson, den första professorn i skogsgenetik i Sverige, som den tändande gnistan till förädlingen i södra USA.
En ny företagsforskarskola med inriktning på skogsgenetik och trädförädling kommer att startas vid Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, finansieringen är säkrad och rekrytering har påbörjats. En pressrelease har utfärdats. Den första påtagliga aktiviteten är att identifiera två lämpliga forskarassistenttjänster med anknytning till kvantitativ genetik.
Sept 5 2003 it is a quarter of a century since I and many with me were deported from Stockholm north to Umeå. I have now sat in the same office for 25 years and would not object to remain here for another 25 years! The background to our institution (the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology) was written as the department is now 25 years old. But now it seems that I will be transferred to another house at March 2004, but if so, my mailing address and affiliation will not change.
"Nicholson" gör det möjligt för SLU "forskare" och skogsgenetikdoktorander att vistas i Raleigh, USA (som jag själv gjorde i början på 2003).
Svenskar skogsträdsförädlare skulle förmodligen vilja delta i avelsarbete för att åstadkomma en bättre ny skog, det låter som om New Forest avel, vore en intressant länk i det sammanhanget...??
Föreningen sammanträder i Stockholm 17 november 2003 och fördelar då pengar till sökte projekt, så det är en god idé för intresserade att börja jobba med dessa projekt nu. Rådgivande grupp Skogsodlingsmaterial sammanträder i Skåne maj 2004.
Skogsbruk är ju inte bara om att skapa snabbväxande träd, utan också att få ner dem…
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