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CoAdapTree – Healthy trees for future climates

  • Project Leaders: Sally Aitken, Richard Hamelin, Sam Yeaman
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $5,903,053
  • Competition: 2015 LSARP Competition Natural Resources and the Environment: Sector Challenges - Genomic Solutions
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome BC, Genome Quebec, Genome Alberta
  • Fiscal Year: 2016
  • Status: Active

This project aims to develop better reforestation options for high-value tree species such as Douglas fir and lodgepole pine, as well as western larch and jack pine trees. Genomic tools combined with experiments testing tree resistance to heat, cold, drought stress and disease will help tree breeders to plant trees that will be healthy in western Canada’s new climates. The team’s work is expected to result in up to 30% greater timber yields, with a proportional impact on the economy and employment, as well as sustain the ecological and environmental benefits of our forests.  A key provincial research partner is the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, with representatives from key areas, e.g., various species specific breeding programs, seed policy and planning, Tree Improvement Program and climate based seed transfer, provenance variation program.