Session C: The forests we want: deployment of forest reproductive material (FRM) for forest-based solutions

Tuesday 21 June, 9.00-12.30

Chairs: Sven Mutke (CSIC, Spain), Marina de Miguel (INRAE, France)
Keynote: Conceição Silva (UNAC, Forest Owner Association; Portugal)

Session structure:
09.00-09.05 Chairs’ introduction
09.05-09.45 Keynote
09.45-10.40 Short talks
10.40-11.00 Break
11.00-11.25 Regular talk
11.25-12.30 Round table

Session description:

Forest and landscape restoration goals has significantly evolved from the first tree plantations for land reclamation, aiming to regulate and provide ecosystem services (erosion control, flood prevention, timber and biomass production), to the current prominence for transition pathways to bioeconomy and multipurpose forest management (including non-wood forest products and cultural ecosystem services). Recently, these issues are gaining increased relevance with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, aiming at preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide, and new European policy (e.g. the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030). One key question is whether to rely on forest reproductive material (FRM) from local seed sources, often seen as reservoirs of adaptive genetic diversity, or rather on genetic improved FRM (or exotic seed sources) that are the result of breeding programs and allow for the use of the best available plant resources for a given site, climate conditions and forest management goals – already accounting for expected major changes in local climates over this century (i.e. assisted migration). The ambition of this session is to support foresters with scientific evidence and decision support tools. Thus, we aim to learn about the role and the potential of FRM deployment in different European countries and forest types in a context of climatic and societal change.

Keynote: Conceição Silva (UNAC, Forest Owner Association; Portugal)
FRM status in Portugal – What are the challenges for the main forestry sectors? 

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In this presentation a brief overview will be made on the Forest Reproductive Materials regulation, certification and markets in Portugal considering the top 5 main forest species in the territory – Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), Cork oak (Quercus suber), Holm oak (Quercus rotundifolia), Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) and Umbrella pine (Pinus pinea). Cork, wood and pulp sectors struggle with lack of raw material, for different reasons, including vitality issues connected with climatic changes. Thoughts on how the Forest breeding programs that exist in Portugal connect to the real needs of these forestry sectors in order to address the future challenges.  

Short talks:

Each presentation is made of a 10 minutes talk with 2 minutes for questions

Time schedulePresenting authorPresentation titleKeywords
9.45 – 9.57Daniel Blanco-Ward (CIFOR)Incorporation of origin and regions of provenance in the Forest Map of Spain (FME): a case study with Pinus pinaster and Taxus baccata (pdf)Origin of population, regions of provenance, forestry maps, Pinus pinaster, Taxus baccata
9.57 – 10.10Esteban Torres-Sánchez (Lourizán Forest Research Center)Is it possible to select according to wood quality and growth in Pinus pinaster? Galician breeding population case study (pdf)Maritime pine, modulus of elasticity, basic density, heritability, genetic gain
10.10 – 10.22Toms Kondratovics (Silava)Morphological and physiological responses of hybrid aspen (Populus tremula L. x P. tremuloides Michx.) in vitro cultures to different light intensities (pdf)Shade-avoidance, photomorphogenesis, photosynthesis, woody plants, LED luminaires
10.22 – 10.35Pauls Zeltiņš (Silava)Height growth models for young stands of genetically improved Scots pine and silver birch in Latvia (pdf)FRM; GADA models; genetic gains; growth modelling


Regular talk:

Each presentation is made of a 20 minutes talk with 4 minutes for questions

Time schedulePresenting authorPresentation titleKeywords
11.00 – 11.25

Mats Berlin (Skogforsk)Planter’s guide: progress and future challenges (pdf)Assisted migration, genetically improved FRM, deployment, decision support, climate change

Round table:

A one hour round table discussion between the following panelists:

  • Juha Hakkarainen, FINSILVA
  • Brigitte Musch, ONF
  • Felipe Pérez, MITECO
  • Christophe Orazio, IEFC