Forests for the future: making the most of a high CO2 world

This event is the final project workshop for the project ‘Forests for the future: making the most of a high CO2 world’, funded by the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF). The objectives of the project were to screen for genetic variation in plant responses to increased CO2 concentrations in several commercially important Eucalyptus species and to develop novel strategies that rapidly identify genotypes that exhibit a strong, positive growth response to elevated CO2 concentrations and the genetic attributes underlying these responses. 

The workshop is aimed at connecting forest managers, tree breeders, and researchers to demonstrate and discuss opportunities arising from the project outcomes. The key outputs of the project, outcomes for breeding for improved production under elevated CO2 concentrations, and potential impacts will be presented. This includes modelled and measured responses of plant growth to elevated CO2 concentrations, advances in phenotyping for growth at the seedling stage, and the role of environmental stresses in dampening the growth response to elevated CO2 concentrations, as well as genetic and epigenetic insights stemming from the project.

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Preliminary schedule:

8.30 Coffee/tea/mingle
9.00  Graham Farquhar: Project introduction (project rationale, objectives outline of the day)
9.20 Libby Pinkard: Climate change: implications for forests
9.40 David Bush: Genotype by environment interactions in a tree breeding context: what our results mean in practice
10.00  David Tissue: Assessing G x E in Eucalyptus camaldulensis grown in elevated CO2
10.20  Florian Busch: What to phenotype?
10.40 Morning tea
11.10  Graham Farquhar: RGR
11.30  Matthew Brookhouse: Can we detect population-wide variation in CO2 responsiveness: E. globulus as a test case
11.50 Josette Masle: Epigenetics: what does it tell us about CO2 responsiveness?
12.10  Paul Rymer/Colin Ahrens: Climate of origin affects productivity of Eucalyptus camaldulensis genotypes growing in a common garden
12.30 Lunch
1.30  Chris Blackman: Eucalyptus camaldulensis genotypes from contrasting climates differ in their response to long-term precipitation treatments
1.50 Libby Pinkard: Design challenges for population-wide CO2 responsiveness studies
2.10  Graham Farquhar: Future directions
2.30 Close

Date and time
Thurstday 6th September, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM AEST

Research School of Biology
The Australian National University 
RN Robertson Building (Bldg. 46), Slatyer seminar room 
Acton, ACT 2601 

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