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Breeding and Genetic Resources of Five-Needle Pines:Ecophysiology, Disease Resistance and Developmental Biology. 2009. Noshad, D.; Noh, E.W.; King, J.; Sniezko, R., editors., September 22-26, 2008, Yangyang, Republic of Korea. Korea Forest Research Institute, Seoul, Korea.

Year: 2009

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 31212

Language: English

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Abstract

The Proceedings presented here represent the 3rd highly successful conference we have held in recent years for the IUFRO Working Party 2.02.15: The Breeding and Genetic Resources of Five-Needle Pines. This working group highlights work related to quantitative and molecular genetics, resistance to diseases and pests, hybridization, selection and improvement, genecology and conservation genetics in all five-needle pines. Underlying this work is the threat that this species group faces from climate change and disease especially white pine blister rust. This conference was the first time this group has met in East Asia. Participants were grateful to our Korean hosts for their generosity and providing a very well run and informative conference. The other two recent conferences were held at Medford Oregon, USA in 2001 and Valiug, Romania in 2006.

One of the major themes of the meeting, incorporated into these proceedings, is the international efforts and concerns being taken to conserve important gene pools of these ecological and culturally important species. This ranged from: P. chiapensis in southern Mexico and Guatemala which plays a key role in ecosystem regeneration in areas managed under slash-and-burn agricultural systems for indigenous peoples; to critically endangered species in Vietnam, to efforts at conservation genetics in Siberia and the North American Rockies.

Another major theme of the conference centered around concern over white pine blister rust caused by the pathogen Cronartium ribicola. Efforts through breeding and selection from countries ranging from Canada, Romania. and the USA were discussed as well as the Korean efforts at control in the native P. koraiensis forests. A commitment to international cooperation and coordination in understanding and helping control this pathogen was made at the meeting.

There was a commitment to strengthen the international efforts at research in this important species group and encourage ongoing exchange of information and material. The Russian delegation offered to host the next meeting in Tomsk in Siberia and we hope to co-ordinate this with the IUFRO world congress to be held in Seoul, Korea in 2010.