EVOLTREE Newsletter - December 2019

EVOLTREE News

December 2019

 
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A WARM WELCOME TO NEW EVOLTREE MEMBER FROM ROMANIA

 Photo courtesy of INCDS

The EVOLTREE network is very pleased to welcome on board the National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry (INCDS) "Marin Drăcea".

The institute will contribute both financially and in-kind to the EVOLTREE network, the latter being mostly in the form of training.

Dragos Postolache, researcher in the Department of Forest Genetics at INCDS "Marin Drăcea", will be the Focal Point for this EVOLTREE partner and is also member of the Working Group on Shaping the Funding Environment, which is set to start work in January 2020.
 

EVOLTREE WORKING GROUPS ALL SET TO START WORK!

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EVOLTREE is looking forward to starting work on developing and implementing two new activities in the New Year.

Two recently formed Working Groups comprising volunteers from EVOLTREE partner labs will be responsible for getting the new initiatives Bi-annual EVOLTREE Conferences and Shaping the Funding Environment up and running. A third working group will be coordinating the revamping of the EVOLTREE databases and website.
 

EVOLTREE FUNDING INITIATIVES

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EVOLTREE OPPORTUNITY is back in the new year!

Have you got a research idea that you've been dying to put into action, but just not had the means? If so, keep your eyes peeled for the next OPPORTUNITY call early next year (2020) and get ready to leap into action!

OPPORTUNITY is a call for projects which can include any kind of work related to genetic and genomic studies on forest ecosystems. Funding can be used for traveling, project-related expenses, hiring of personnel, or any other funds needed to develop your idea.
 
 

10 Grant initiative

 
Research students wanting to get their work into the spotlight at an international scientific event can apply for an EVOLTREE conference grant of 800 euros to cover their expenses.

Ten grants will be available as from 1 January 2020. So if you have registered for an event, don't hang around, get applying...

Training reimbursement


Every year, EVOLTREE partners contribute to a training programme comprising up to 6 different courses for which your expenses can be reimbursed (max 600 euros) as EVOLTREE member.

Next year's programme is still being finalised, but you can check for updates and get more information about reimbursement in the training pages of the EVOLTREE website.
 




 

BECOME A MASTER OF NATURE WITH SLU!


Photo courtesy of SLU

EVOLTREE partner and top ranking Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Faculty of Forest Sciences is offering four new Master Courses:
  • Management and Conservation of Fish and Wildlife Populations
  • Forest Ecology for Sustainable Managmement
  • Plant biology for Sustainable Production
  • Euroforester




 

UNDERSTANDING ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING, RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE OF FORESTS


The SwissForestLab is a research platform and infrastructural network which makes intensive use of synergies from the expertise in forest research in Switzerland.

The network, with EVOLTREE member the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) as lead partner, promotes cooperative research among associated institutions in order to obtain an in-depth understanding of ecosystem functioning, resistance, and resilience of forests.
 




 

TWO EVOLTREE PARTNERS RELAUNCH AS NEW INSTITUTES


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INRA merges...

As from 1 January 2020, INRA  (National Institute for Research in Agronomy), will merge with  IRSTEA, (National Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Science and Research) to form the new French research institute, INRAE.
   

...while CEH gains independence

Having previously been a component research institute of the UK government’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), CEH (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) attained full independence on 1 December 2019 to become UKCEH.
 




 

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY, EUFORGEN!


2019 marks a milestone for EUFORGEN as it signifies 25 years since its establishment in 1994; a time to reflect on what has been achieved and to look forward to the future.

25 years have shown that EUFORGEN was able to strengthen capacities in member countries to build a strong network and to start implementing a coordinated pan-European strategy on the genetic conservation of forest trees.






 

OPEN CALLS


IUFRO - European Forest Institute (EFI) grants for short scientific visits
Specifically for early career scientists affiliated with IUFRO and EFI member organisations

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Call for Head of Resilience
The European Forest Institute (EFI) is seeking a senior professional with strong leadership and international research experience to lead EFI’s Resilience Programme

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PhD
Can Birch adapt to climate change? Will hybridisation or polyploidy play a role?

Joint project between CEH, Stirling University & Forest Research

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PhD:
What drives contemporary evolution in  the Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)?

Joint project between CEH & Stirling University

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VACANCIES

Research scientist to work on the German Science foundation (DFG) funded project:
Genetic diversity in key regulator genes and their association with environmental, forest management and biodiversity gradients

The Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany

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Post-doc
Suberin biosynthesis and its role in adaption to waterlogging and drought in woody perennials

INRA in Bordeaux, France

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 
GenTree Final Conference
Genetics to the rescue: managing forests sustainably in a changing world
Organised by GenTree
27-31 January 2020 in Avignon, France
Registration deadline: 10 January 2020

Read more
 
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LIFEGENMON final conference
End of May 2020 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Save the date! Details to be announced on the LIFEGENMON website
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7th IUFRO International Workshop on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions in Forestry
Understanding forest tree-antagonistic interactions in a changing world
21-25 September 2020 in Pontevedra, Spain
First announcement - preliminary call

Read more
 



 

PUBLICATIONS

 
Special Issue on Forest genomics: Advancing climate adaptation, forest health, productivity and conservation. Edited by Nathalie Isabel, Jason A. Holliday and Sally N. Aitken. 12 December 2019. With papers by EVOLTREE partners:
  • Invarsson, P.K., Bernhardsson, C. 2019. Genome‐wide signatures of environmental adaptation in European aspen (Populus tremula) under current and future climate conditions. Evolutionary Applications, doi: 10.1111/eva.12792.
  • Mayol M., Riba, M., Cavers, S., Grivet, D., Vincenot, L., Cattonaro, F., Vendramin, G.G., González-Martínez, S.C. 2019. A multiscale approach to detect selection in nonmodel tree species: Widespread adaptation despite population decline in Taxus baccata L. Evolutionary Applications, doi: 10.1111/eva.12838.
  • Pyhäjärvi, T., Kujala, S.T., Savolainen, O. 2019. 275 years of forestry meets genomics in Pinus sylvestris. Evolutionary Applications, doi: 10.1111/eva.12809.

Ruiz Daniels R, Taylor RS, González-Martínez SC, et al. 2019. Looking for Local Adaptation: Convergent Microevolution in Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis). Genes (Basel) 10(9): 673.

Vizcaíno-Palomar N, González-Muñoz N, González-Martínez SC, Alía R & Benito Garzón M. 2019. Most Southern Scots Pine Populations Are Locally Adapted to Drought for Tree Height Growth.  Forests 10(7): 555.

Martínez-Sancho E, Lenka Slámová L, Morganti S, Grefen C, et al. In press. The GenTree Dendroecological Collection, tree-ring and wood density data from seven tree species across Europe. Scientific Data.





 
 

We wish you a happy and restful Christmas
and all the very best for 2020


 

Photo by Santiago C. González-Martínez
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