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Novel tree breeding strategies

Objective

The challenges facing forest geneticists and tree breeders include recognition of changing demands on forests for a wider range of high value forest products and sustainability of forest ecosystems under climate change. NOVELTREE is designed to enable significant genetic improvement of tree characteristics and forest products properties to satisfy the needs (quality, quantity, sustainability, vulnerability) of the forest-based sector and consumers. NOVELTREE will: i) Provide a list of morphological and physiological traits relevant as selection criteria for pest tolerance, sustainable biomass production, wood properties for present and future use and plastic response to climate change ii) Identify functional allelic polymorphisms for a suite of traits of interest in a post-genomics approach to improve selection efficiency and monitor genetic variation along the selection process iii) Develop high throughput phenotyping and genotyping tools. These new tools will allow earlier genetic evaluation, higher selection intensity, increased accuracy in genetic prediction and better monitoring of genetic diversity along generations iv) Develop novel/improved breeding strategies and demonstrate their efficiency in case studies. Demonstration will focus on model tree species of high economic importance in different European regions: Maritime Pine, Scots Pine, Spruce, and Poplar v) Assess the financial and environmental impacts of genetically improved trees at stand and landscape levels thanks to a multidisciplinary approach and simulation tools vi) Provide tree breeders and forest owners with support decision tools for optimal deployment of improved genetic stocks in both prevailing and future climate, and under risk of pest and disease attacks vii) Provide training in emerging technologies in connection with on-going European projects, disseminate the results to different publics and transfer technology to the forest-based sector

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 699 344
Administrative Contact
Patricia Montes Duran (Ms.)

Participants (14)

STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT - SKOGFORSK
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 454 434
Address
Uppsala Science Park
75183 Uppsala
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raymond Hornfeldt (Mr.)
Metsantutkimuslaitos
Finland
EU contribution
€ 311 769
Address
Jokiniemenkuja 1
01370 Vantaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eeva Karjalainen (Dr.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 306 273
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Lascoux (Prof.)
FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 247 439
Address
Alice Holt Lodge
GU10 4LH Farnham
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anthony John Cornwell (Mr.)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 248 860
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leila Risteli (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 233 002
Address
Via Palladio 8
33100 Udine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Morgante Michele (Prof.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 279 675
Address
Carretera De La Coruna Km7.5
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Alarcón Alarcón (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 312 651
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isobel Blair (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 249 898
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luigi Monti (Prof.)
VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 111 072
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wim Goemaere (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 211 520
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Barbini (Mr.)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 334 423
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Ozanne (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 49 644
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
VLAAMSE GEWEST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 99 996
Address
Avenue Du Port 88
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Veronique Biunkens (Ms.)