The Dynamic Conservation of Genetic Diversity in Juniper - Phase 2

Carried out by: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Summary Description:

Protection of genetic diversity within tree species (genetic resources) is vital to ensure their long-term capability to adapt to change. Juniper (Juniperus communis) is under severe pressure in the UK due to its highly reduced and fragmented population size, low regeneration rates, climate change and the arrival of a novel pathogen, Phytophthora austrocedri. This project enables extension of an existing M.Sc. project into a PhD studentship. The results will address fundamental gaps in the understanding of genetic diversity in Juniper, and will translate that into conservation measures via the EUFORGEN dynamic conservation framework. The student will make use of excellent baseline datasets and experiments, and will generate new global data. The project will aim to:

  1. Characterise genetic diversity in natural populations
  2. Quantify adaptive genetic variation in experimental populations
  3. Translate research findings into guidance for management and restoration

Timescale: 2023-2025

SFT Funds Awarded: £14,000

SFT/FC Joint Bursary Award Scheme:. This project has received funding from the SFT/FC Joint Bursary Award.

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