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AdapTree- Assessing the adaptive portfolio of reforestation stocks for future climates

  • Project Leaders: Sally Aitken, Andreas Hammann
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $4,703,108
  • Competition: LSARP 2010
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome BC, Genome Alberta
  • Fiscal Year: 2011
  • Status: Closed

Climate change is threatening forest health by causing a mismatch between the natural genetics of tree populations that are adapted to specific climatic areas and the new climates they now face due to climate change. This project is a large-scale effort to apply state-of-the-art genomics and climate-mapping technologies to the problem of matching existing and naturally occurring genetic populations of interior spruce and lodgepole pine with the appropriate areas under climate change. The project will enable foresters, who plant ~150 million spruce and lodgepole pine trees annually in BC and Alberta alone to make better decisions and improve the long-term health of public forests. A new method of estimating the geographic velocity of climate change has been developed by the project that facilitates evaluation of the risks of climate change to specific populations and potential benefits from climate based seed transfer.