Summary of ACE-SAP

Coniferous trees form the dominant plant species in many alpine landscapes, which are subject to climate change and other anthropogenic factors. Alpine coniferous tree species in the Italian Alps may be responding to climate change by adapting to the modified environmental conditions or by migrating to more suitable habitats. Our goal is quantify and understand the standing adaptive genetic diversity in alpine conifers so that we may obtain a baseline reference to monitor genetic change in populations. Moreover, this study will provide useful information for forestry management, such as diagnostic tools for assisted migration according to the species potential distribution. We focus on five species: Pinus cembra L., Larix decidua Mill., Pinus mugo Turra, Abies alba Mill and Picea abies (L.) H. Karst.

     

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Scalafi M., Mosca E., Di Pierro E.A., Troggio M., Vendramin G.G., Sperisen C., La Porta N., Neale D.B. (2014) Micro- and Macro-Geographic Scale Effect on the Molecular Imprint of Selection and Adaptation in Norway Spruce. PLoS ONE. 9:1-1. Full Text.
Sork V.L., Aitken S.N., Dyer R.J., Eckert A.J., Legendre P., Neale D.B. (2013) Putting the landscape into the genomics of trees: approaches for understanding local adaptation and population responses to changing climate. Tree Genetics and Genomes. 9:901-911. Full Text.
Mosca E., Eckert A.J., Liechty J.D., Wegrzyn J.L., La Porta N., Vendramin G.G., Neale D.B. (2012) Contrasting patterns of nucleotide diversity for four conifers of Alpine European forests. Evolutionary Applications. 1:1-14. Full Text.

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Neale D.B. 2009. Association studies for complex traits in conifers. Genome Scans and Association Mapping. Workshop on Opportunities, Challenges and Limitations of Genomics-Based Technologies in Forest Tree Breeding and Forest Genetics. October 9, 2009.