Event

Conference on 'Marginal and peripheral tree populations: a key genetic resource for European forests'

Published: 27/09/2016

'Marginal and peripheral tree populations: a key genetic resource for European forests'
27 – 29 September 2016, CREA SEL Headquartiers, Arezzo, Italy

The Conference is organised in the framework of the Cost Action FP1202 with the sponsorship of EUFORGEN, IUFRO Division 2.00.00, IUFRO 2.02.13, EFI and Silva Mediterranea WG4 of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.
 
The effects of climate change are likely to be stronger and more rapid in marginal and peripheral populations (MaP) of forest trees than elsewhere. MaP forest populations are at the edges of species ranges where conditions are less suitable for survival. Studying adaptive processes in these populations is crucial and of mutual interest for European and neighbouring countries for understanding the evolution of species and developing gene pool of forest genetic resources conservation and management strategies and networks to cope with global changes. These populations are not only threatened by modern climate changes but also by other disturbances arising from human pressures and they may prove invaluable for adapting the European forestry sector.