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WEBINAR: Quantifying the Adaptive Capacity of Tree Species and Implications for Silviculture

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Date: Tuesday January 22, 2019
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (please note your time zone)
Cost: Free!

Description:

Recent evidence indicates that the migration rate of tree species will not be sufficient to follow their suitable climate under climate change scenarios. Accordingly, research interests now focus on the capacity of local tree populations to persist in place and cope with the expected environmental change in the next decades, i.e. their adaptive capacity. We propose an approach to quantify the adaptive capacity of Canadian tree species based on four axes of adaptation: 1) individual adaptation through phenotypic plasticity, 2) population genetic diversity, 3) the rate of genetic recombination as influenced by gene flow and reproductive capacity, and 4) the potential of recombination beyond populations through hybridization. We discuss the current limitation and the way forward, and we finally evaluate the implication of these four axes for adaptive silviculture.

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