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Symposium to prepare for forest climate change

CSIRO, ANU and Western Sydney University is running a symposium about forest industry preparedness for climate change: opportunities from genetics and genomics. Source: Timberbiz

This is being 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’.

The symposium will bring together genomics companies, tree breeders, genetics R&D providers, and the forest industry, to examine the opportunities from genetics/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 event will be in Canberra on Wednesday 20 July 2016 in the auditorium at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Black Mountain campus

  • 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

A workshop dinner will be held on the 19 July.

The symposium is free, numbers are limited so contact Libby Pinkard [email protected]

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