Reforestation logistics and forest nursery management depends on the logical-logical status of the trees. Lifting and cold storage of insufficiently hardened trees leads to reduced vitality, frost damage and desiccation. Identification of molecular processes underlying winter hardiness will allow for the development of rapid and reliable tools to determine seedling condition. The powerful coda micro array technology will be employed to analyse gene expression patterns in economically and ecologically important forest tree species in combination with physiological and morphological screening. This multidisciplinary approach will result in a detailed picture of molecular events involved in the onset and release of dormancy and hardiness. Genes with a strong predictive value will be selected for future implementation in molecular hardiness tests that will aid in improving forestation planning and forest tree nursery management.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
W1S 4LQ London
781 88 Borlange
EH25 9SY Roslin-midlothian
6700 AA Wageningen