Forest genetics

Forest genetics

The genetic profile of one species of forest trees varies immensely. At one time the focus was on optimal growth, however over time research into drought resistance has increased in importance.

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Silver fir genome decoded

Silver fir is an important tree species in view of climate change. In order to better research the tree, an international team has decoded the remarkably large genome of a silver fir near Zurich.

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How far does pollen travel?

Tree pollen travels large distances and there is considerable intermixing of genes in forests. This has both positive and negative consequences for forest management. Small stands are rarely genetically isolated, but seeds from seed stands are less pure than expected.

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