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Importance of regulation mechanisms for the climatic adaptation of tree species (an example of Picea abies)

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00349
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-11-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,562,777 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,279,208 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ignacio SEOANE
Research topic: 5.3.1. Multifunctional management of forests

Abstract:
Adaptation of Norway spruce to extreme climatic conditions is generally believed to develop in the course of many generations due to the interaction of several evolutionary processes (mostly selection). Recent results with Norway spruce have indicated that climatic adaptation can occur in only one generation in response to the climatic (temperature/photoperiod) conditions during sexual reproduction. In order to establish the mechanisms underlying this short-term adaptation and to utilise the respective results for practical forestry purposes, several integrated investigations using the same progenies from controlled crosses in different environments are planned. Possible rapid selection processes during reproduction will be analysed by aIlozymes and DNA markers in female gametophytes and embryos of the different progenies. Possible gene regulations will be analysed by means of innovative molecular genetic methods aiming at the detection of the mechanisms of potential differential gene expression in different progenies. Both main investigations will be supplemented by phenological and physiological studies on the same Norway spruce progenies.


Coordinator
Ellen FISCHER-KALLMANN
Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen
Goettingen
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 551 393792
Fax: +49 551 393797
E-mail: eubuero@uni-goettingen.de


Partners
  Albert BERGER
Technische Universitaet München
Freising
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 8161 713200
Fax: +49 8161 713191
E-mail: berger@zv.tum.de
  Kristen FRETHEIM
Norsk institutt for skogforskning
Aas
NORWAY
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Fax: +47 64942980
E-mail: kristen.fretheim@nisk.no
  Sara VON ARNOLD
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet
Uppsala
SWEDEN
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Fax: +46 18673279
E-mail: sara.von.arnold@sgen.slu.se
  Claude BURLET
Université Henry Poincaré Nancy I
Vandoeuvre Les Nancy
FRANCE
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Fax: +33 383854848
E-mail: claude.burlet@uhp.u-nancy.fr
  Bernhard HOSIUS
ISOGEN
Friedland - Reckershausen
GERMANY
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E-mail: hosius@aol.com