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The European Commission supported a research project (programme FOREST) entitled: Description of genetic variation in oak populations by means of molecular markers and adaptive traits, which lasted from 1991 to 1993. Seven laboratories from four countries have assessed molecular traits (isozymes, nuclear and cytoplasmic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as well as adaptive features (phenology of bud burst and bud set, frost resistance). This methodology was applied to a sample of populations covering a large part of the natural distribution of the species. The contractors of the project felt that the results obtained within the framework of the project deserved to be shared with an extended scientific community than merely oak geneticists because of their practical consequences and their evolutionary implications and therefore organized a workshop where these issues were discussed. The proceedings of this workshop which was held in Brussels on 15 and 16 June, 1994, and published in this book. The objectives of the workshop were to present the results to population geneticists, tree breeders, slyviculturists and legislators involved in oak research; to discuss their practical consequences in sylviculture and management of oak stands; and to specify future investigations.

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Authors: KREMER A, INRA, Laboratoire de Génétique et d'Amélioration des Arbres Forestiers, Gazinet (FR);MUHS H-J (EDITORS),
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16717 EN (1996) 377pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the FAIR Programme Office, European Commission, DG XII-E-2, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049, Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-5993-8
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