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Adaptation of autochthone and culturally valuable Austrian Pine Forests to future climatic conditions with special reference to aspects of forest pathology and interspecific genetic variation

Project Leader
Halmschlager Erhard, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.10.2018-30.09.2021
Programme:
Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald - Beauftragung
Type of Research
Applied Research
Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection
Funded by
Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft , Seckendorff- Gudent- Weg 8, 1131 Wien, Austria
Abstract
The aim of the project "Adaptation of autochthone and culturally valuable Austrian Pine Forests to future climatic conditions with special reference to aspects of forest pathology and interspecific genetic variation", which is described in detail in the project application of the BFW to the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, is to investigate measures of adaptation of ecologically valuable forest ecosystems dominated by Austrian Pine to climatically-induced epidemics of Diplodia shoot dieback (Diplodia sapinea). For that purpose the intraspecific variation of susceptibility of Pinus nigra to Diplodia sapinea should be tested and utilized.

Within this project the following aspects will be adressed by the tasks carried out at the Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, BOKU, Vienna:

• Laboratory investigations with regard to the selection and phenotyping of resistant mother trees of Pinus nigra (working package 1)
• Providing assistance and support on investigations aiming to evaluate the resistance of clones or ramets from the clone archive (working package 2).
• Development and implementation of a new seed control protocol taking into account infections by Diplodia sapinea (working package 3).
• Assistance in the course of the revision of the currently approved seed lots for Pinus nigra in Austria (considering the genetic resistance of pine provenances to Diplodia sapinea) (working package 4).
• Documentation of the above described tasks via protocols and scientific reports; data analyses and electronic data procession; provision of data to the BFW
Keywords
Forest pathology; Forest protection; Forestry; Silviculture;
adaptation/selection; Diplodia sapinea; climate change; resistance; Austrian Pine; host susceptibility;
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