Genetics can play key role in saving trees

Genetics can play key role in saving trees

Genetics can play key role in saving trees

Tree conservation strategies based on genetic data are best suited for landscapes affected by a rapidly changing climate, a study suggests.
 
Researchers found using genetic markers of climate resilient traits are more effective than traditional seed-selection methods.
 
The team also found that the current generation of trees are struggling to cope in current conditions.
 
The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Co-author Prof Victoria Sork, from the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) explained why the team of researchers felt there was a need to carry out the study.

“Trees, which are long lived, and climate change – which is happening quickly – could be out of sync with each other,” she explained.

“The question is that if they are out of sync with each other, how can we manage tree populations so that they can better cope with increased temperatures?”