Oak species represent a major component of the European forest resource. They supply quality wood, stabilize forests and enhance biological richness in forest ecosytems. Despite the silvicultural and economic importance of oaks, the knowledge of their genetic structure and potential is poorly known. This hampers genetic improvement programmes, which will become more important the more the species is used to afforest agricultural lands, but also to enrich existing forest currently in monoculture. It has only very recently become possible to carry out this project, because it is based on new techniques develop by the biotechnology programme.
The objective is : to construct a map on the genetic differentiation of oak genes in Europe, with a view to a more appropriate choice of provenances and to improved breeding.
Short description of the project :
The project will :
- construct a map of the distribution of oak (Quercus petreae and Q. robur) based
on the differentiation of genes (from the chloroplasts)
- locate known provenances (i.e. "seed sources") on the map and analyse and
enhance the interpretation of the results of national and international oak
- To compare the diversity in contrasting regions, compare the diversity between
different oaks (Q. petraea and Q. robur) and explore diversity locally.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EH25 9SY Roslin
6700 AA Wageningen
EH26 0QB Penicuik
34355 Staufenberg - Escherode