701-1620-00L  Tree Genetics – Concepts and Applications

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersA. Rudow, P. Brang, F. Gugerli, C. Sperisen
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
701-1620-00 GTree Genetics – Concepts and Applications
online teaching starting Nov 3rd.

The planned excursions will be replaced by group work.
2 hrs
Tue08-10ON LI NE »
A. Rudow, P. Brang, F. Gugerli, C. Sperisen

Catalogue data

AbstractTrees are important elements and drivers of ecosystem processes in forests and landscapes. Tree species diversity and intraspecific genetic diversity are relevant factors for continuous adaptation, required for a sustainable maintenance of forest products and services. Sustainable forest and landscape management under climate change has to take forest genetic resources into consideration.
ObjectiveThe educational goals of the course are:
To know basic concepts of evolution and molecular and quantitative methods of genetics.
To understand the most relevant processes of gene flow, adaptation and species interactions, on the basis of ecological theories and case studies on forest tree species.
To know management principles and instruments for the promotion and the conservation of forest genetic resources, with a view on application in practice.
ContentThe course provides a comprehensive overview on concepts and applications of tree genetics and complements basic knowledge of biology, dendrology, forest ecology and forest management in the frame of forest and landscape management topics. It introduces concepts of evolution and genetic methods as foundations, explains the most important processes and drivers of gene flow and adaptation, including coevolutionary aspects of associated organisms, and shows relevant topics of the management of genetic resources from reproduction to conservation and monitoring. Theories and their application into practice are illustrated on behalf of case studies on forest tree species. Two full-day excursions illustrate the contents with exemplary objects, actors and applications in Switzerland.
Lecture notesScript: modular slide script, 2020 (parts by each lecturer).
Textbook: collection of accompanying or background articles according to detailed contents (to be defined).
LiteratureGroover & Cronk (eds.), 2017: Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics of Angiosperm Trees. Springer. 366 p.
Neale & Wheeler, 2019: The Conifers: Genomes, Variation and Evolution. Springer. 590 p.
Hattemer & Ziehe, 2019: Erhaltung forstgenetischer Ressourcen. Grundlagen und Beispiele. Universitätsverlag Göttingen. 553 p.
Holderegger & Segelbacher (eds.), 2016: Naturschutzgenetik. Haupt. 247 p.
Pluess, Augustin & Brang (eds.), 2016: Wald im Klimawandel. Grundlagen für Adaptationsstrategien. (selected chapters 3.2, 5.2)
Prerequisites / NoticeNo mandatory prerequisites. Basic knowledge of dendrology and forest ecology is advantageous and recommended.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersA. Rudow, P. Brang, F. Gugerli, C. Sperisen
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationobligatorisches Leistungselement ist der Besuch von zwei ganztägigen Exkursionen
Written aidskeine
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Environmental Sciences MasterNatural Science FoundationsWInformation