Forest genetics and tree breeding
Genetic markers are developed for many important conifers (e.g. Pinus, Picea, Larix spp.) and used to infer their phylogeography and the patterns of genetic diversity in breeding, conservational and natural populations. We also aim at the development of analytical and statistical platform of pedigree reconstruction for Norway spruce and Scots pine natural and breeding populations. We examine the applicability of the Breeding Without Breeding strategy in Norway spruce and Scots pine operational breeding materials. This approach could result in a new long-term breeding strategy with substantially increased efficiency for conifer trees. This research is in collaboration with Umeå Plant Science Centre.