Welcome to our second newsletter!

B4EST is an EU-funded H2020 project which focuses on adaptive breeding for productive, sustainable and resilient forests under climate change.

In this issue we bring you up to date with project progress, and offer some highlights from our blog over the last year. Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter (@B4EST_EU) for regular updates!

Enhancing the value of productive tree species in Europe: new tool ‘4TREE’ to help tree breeders select trees with desirable characteristics.
Climate Matching Tool to help forestry practitioners understand future climate conditions for forests in Europe.
What will tomorrow’s tree breeding sector look like? An economic analysis
Identifying eucalypts with increased tolerance to biological and climate threats
Downscaling climate data for the scientific community: the B4EST R Shiny web app
Planter’s guide - new tool for choosing Scots pine plant material in Sweden and Finland
Survey results show positive perceptions of adaptive tree breeding
A greenhouse seed orchard to improve maritime pine seed production

The Planter’s Guide is a web-based decision support tool for improved Scots pine forest reproductive material (FRM) in Sweden and Finland. Watch our webinar with Mats Berlin, Skogforsk, to learn how the tool works!

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Ahtikoski, A.; Ahtikoski, R.; Haapanen, M.; Hynynen, J.; Kärkkäinen, K. (2020). Economic Performance of Genetically Improved Reforestation Material in Joint Production of Timber and Carbon Sequestration: A Case Study from Finland. Forests, 11, 847. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11080847 

Anssi Ahtikoski, Jouni Karhu, Roope Ahtikoski, Matti Haapanen, Jari Hynynen. (2020) Financial assessment of alternative breeding goals using stand-level optimization and data envelopment analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, vol 35, 2020, issue 5-6. https://doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2020.1795241

J. Bartholomé, A. Mabiala, R. Burlett, D. Bert, J.‐C. Leplé, C. Plomion, J‐M. Gion. (2020). The pulse of the tree is under genetic control: eucalyptus as a case study. The Plant Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14734

Sara Bergante, Gianni Facciotto, Maurizio Marchi. (2020) Growth dynamics of ‘Imola’ poplar clone (Populus ×canadensis Mönch) under different cultivation inputs. Annals of Silvicultural Research, [S.l.], v. 44, n. 2, p. 71-79, Apr. 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.12899/asr-1934.

Tore Skrøppa and Arne Steffenrem. (2020). Variation among and within provenances of Norway spruce from Trøndelag and Nordland. NIBIO Rapport, vol 6, nr 10. 


Zhi-Qiang Chen, John Baison, Jin Pan, Johan Westin, María Rosario García Gil, Harry X Wu (2019). Increased prediction ability in Norway spruce trials using a marker x environment interaction and non-additive genomic selection model, Journal of Heredity, Volume 110, Issue 7. Pages 830–843 https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esz061

López-Goldar, X., Villari, C., Bonello, P., Borg-Karlson, A.K., Grivet, D., Sampedro, L., Zas, R. (2019). Genetic variation in the constitutive defensive metabolome and its inducibility are geographically structured and largely determined by demographic processes in maritime pine. Journal of Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13159 (preprint available here)

Matteo Pecchi, Maurizio Marchi, Vanessa Burton, Francesca Giannetti, Marco Moriondo, Iacopo Bernetti, Marco Bindi, Gherardo Chirici. (2019). Species distribution modelling to support forest management. A literature review. Ecological Modelling 411, 08817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.108817 

Tanja Pyhäjärvi, Sonja T Kujala, Outi Savolainen. (2019). 275 years of forestry meets genomics in Pinus sylvestris. Evolutionary Applications. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12809

Rafael Zas, María Silvana Poceiro, María Lores, Laura M. Rolke, Luis Sampedro. (2019) Phenotyping tree resistance to a bark chewing insect, the pine weevil Hylobius abietis. Annals of Applied Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/aab.12533 (postprint available here )

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