Forest industry and climate change – opportunities from genetics and genomics – 20 July

You and your colleagues are invited by CSIRO, ANU and Western Sydney University to a symposium about the forest industry’s preparedness for climate change and opportunities arising from genetics and genomics. 

Held under the auspices of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) project ‘Forests for the Future: making the most of a high CO2 world’, this symposium is a must-attend event for alert industry decision-makers.

You’ll be in the company of genomics companies, tree breeders, genetics R&D providers, and the forest industry, all of whom will be examining the opportunities from genetics and genomics in planning for climate change and variability, and to explore end-user (industry) priorities and delivery pathways.

The symposium will provide an overview of genetics/genomics advances, opportunities and barriers; a synthesis of the sorts of future climatic conditions we will need to prepare for in Australia; the role of genetics and other management strategies in managing climate risks and impacts. It will facilitate discussion between the participating groups to identify priorities and delivery pathways.

The symposium is free of charge, however numbers are limited. A workshop dinner will be held on the 19th July if there is sufficient interest.  Venue TBA; costs to be covered by participant.

Where & When
Wednesday 20 July 2016, 9.30 – 4.00, Auditorium, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Black Mountain campus, Clunies Ross Street, CANBERRA

Free Registration

Please RSVP for the symposium and dinner to Libby Pinkard ( at your earliest convenience

Program & Presentations

Keynote presentation:
Dr Heidi Dungey, SCION Genetics Research programme. 

What quantitative genetics and genomics has delivered to the forest industry, and prospects for the future

Session 1: Climate change and forests: how do we plan for the future?

Michael Battaglia, CSIRO: Exposure and sensitivity of Australia’s plantations to climate change, and limits to silvicultural adaptation

Greg Dutkowski, PlantPlan Genetics: Preparing for climate change in Australian tree breeding programs of the STBA

Session 2: Opportunities from genetics 

David Bush, CSIRO: Breeding for resilience to climate change: risk management compared with yield optimisation

Shannon Dillon, CSIRO: Maximising production in a high CO2 world: a genomics approach

Session 3: Delivering commercial benefit

Bruce Tier, AGBU: Delivering commercial benefit from genetic improvement

Workshop session: Discussion session focusing on genomics: priority traits and deployment strategies, delivery pathways, timeframes for delivery