EUFORGEN webinars explore the case study of ash dieback

3, 10, 17 February 2023, online.

EUFORGEN webinar Series

The upcoming February EUFORGEN webinar series “Biotic outbreak management of the Genetic Conservation Units Network: case study on ash dieback” will discuss the possibility of genetic resistance becoming a new hope in the fight against this disease that is devastating ash trees.

For three consecutive Fridays (3, 7 and 10 February), a series of open webinars will bring together scientists and experts to discuss ash dieback. In particular, this topic will be used as a case study to address various open questions: how biotic outbreaks can be addressed from a genetic perspective; how diseases spread and what are the alternatives for tree conservation in case of outbreaks; what is the possibility for trees to develop tolerance to attack environment.

3 February 2023
(11:00-12:00 CET)

Topic 1: Phytopathology of Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus)
Including monitoring the spread of the disease

Michelle Cleary, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Topic 2: Potential invasion of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis)

Rimvydas Vasaitis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

10 February 2023
(11:00-12:00 CET)

Topic 1: The genetic basis (genetic architecture) of sensitivity and tolerance to ash dieback

Richard Buggs, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew &
Queen Mary, University of London

Topic 2: Ash genetic resistance research and tree breeding

Ben Bubner, Thünen-Institut
Heino Konrad, Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW)

17 February 2023
(11:00-12:00 CET)

Topic 1: Natural selection in ash populations
related to the spreading of ash dieback

Implications for wise genetic management of
mature ash forests and gene conservation areas infected by ash dieback


Erik Dahl Kjær, Department of Geosciences and
Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen

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