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Conifer Hybrid Zones as Genomic Laboratories for Adaptation to New Climates

  • Project Leaders: Sally Aitken, Kermit Ritland
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $270919
  • Program/Competition: Strategic Opportunities Fund
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome British Columbia
  • Status: Closed

This small scale project looked at results generated from previous investment in the Treenomix project looking at variability in adaption of spruce. Researchers tested the utility of biomarkers for managing a range of spruce species in a changing climate. This will allow us to assess whether artificial selection can provide natural and breeding populations adapted to new climates, in particular whether trees with novel profiles from more extreme environments can be effectively grown in BC. The findings of this study led to new local and international collaborations and to the successful funding of the Genome Canada large scale project Treenomix, expanding the study into other species such as lodgepole pine.