Theme 2. Forest genetics and next generation of forest trees
Genomics and bioinformatics
Mass propagation of trees
Improvement of wood and fiber quality
Growth and development
Quantitative genetic traits
Forest genetics and next generation of forest trees. The challenge is to meet the need to create a critical mass of top researchers in forest genetics in order to explore possibilities with modern tools and genetic knowledge from the molecular level to e population level for gaining a deeper understanding of the complex genomes and create a novel platform for plant breeding for the future.
We need a deeper knowledge of genomics, and the genetic background to growth and development of trees to be able to understand risks and how trees adapt to a constant change in the a-biotic and biotic environments.
The challenges also involve new knowledge for improvement of fiber quality, and to estimate the possibilities of extracting chemicals from trees for future use in bio-refineries.