EVOLTREE Summer School: Assisted migration for adapting forests to climate change

29 July - 2 August 2024. Traunkirchen, Austria

Source: Evoltree

Forest trees have evolved at species and population levels to adapt to the local environment in which they grow. Such local adaptations lead to genetically differentiated populations, with traits that enable them to adapt to biotic and abiotic stress factors. As climate changes, forest tree populations are likely to respond in three possible ways: adapt, migrate, or become locally extinct.

Given the limitations in tree migration and rapid adaptation, it has been increasingly realised that human-facilitated realignment will be required to match the populations to the environment to which they are adapted. Such facilitated movement is commonly referred to as assisted migration, assisted colonisation, assisted relocation, or facilitated migration.

This summer school aims to provide in-depth insight on “Assisted Migration of forests in climate change” with a focus on models to guide decision support. Participants will get hands-on experience in developing models to identify and spatially map adapted and maladapted populations of forest tree species in climate change. Candidates will also have a real-time understanding of the design, issues, and challenges of forest provenance trials through a guided excursion to provenance trials and forest nurseries.

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The EVOLTREE Network forms a European Research Group, a cooperation instrument devoid of any legal personality, which started in January 2011. The mission of the Network is to link four major disciplines (Ecology, Genetics, Genomics and Evolution) to address global issues that European forests are currently facing as environmental change and erosion of biodiversity. The overall objective of the EVOLTREE Network is to strengthen the implementation of the durable integration of research in the field of forest genetics and genomics on a pan-European scale.