Special Issue "Genetics and Genomics of Forest Trees"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: forest genetics; conservation of genetic resources - genetic monitoring; population genetics; epigenetics - epigenomics; molecular breeding - QTL mapping - MAS; coevolution; fluctuating asymmetry & allometry
Forest tree genetics and genomics are advancing at an accelerated rate, thanks to recent developments in high-throughput, next-generation sequencing capabilities and novel biostatistical tools. Population and landscape genetics and genomics have seen the rise of new approaches implemented in large scale studies that employ the use of genome-wide sampling. Such studies have started to discern the dynamics of neutral and adaptive variation in nature and the processes that underlie spatially explicit patterns of genetic and genomic variation in nature. The continuous development of genetic maps in forest trees and the expansion of QTL and association mapping approaches contribute to unravel the genotype-phenotype relationship and to lead to marker assisted and genome-wide selection. However, major challenges lie ahead. Recent literature suggests that species demography and genetic diversity have been affected both by climatic oscillations and anthropogenically induced stresses in a way that future adaptation may be questionable. Moreover, the pace of contemporary environmental change put a great challenge on forest tree populations and their ability to adapt taking into account their life history characteristics. Several questions emerge that include, but are not limited to, the interpretation of forest tree genome surveillance and their structural/functional properties, the adaptive and neutral processes that have shaped forest tree genomes, the analysis of phenotypic traits relevant to adaptation (especially adaptation under contemporary climate change), the link epigenetics/epigenomics to phenotype and genotype, and the use of genetics/genomics as well as genetic monitoring to advance conservation priorities. We encourage manuscript submission to this Special Issue from all relevant fields, both regarding experimental studies and modelling approaches, in order to promote knowledge in the areas of genetics and genomics of forest trees including the management and conservation of forest genetic resources.
Prof. Dr. Filippos A. (Phil) Aravanopoulos
Manuscript Submission Information
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Management of Forest Genetic Resources