Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Pyhäjärvi, Tanja
Organisation University of Oulu
Project title Forest Tree Evolution Via Expression Regulation
Decision No. 329438
Decision date 03.12.2019
Funding period 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023
Funding 198 724
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Project description
Correct interpretation of environmental cues is a matter of life and death for plants. From plants perspective gene expression and its control has an important role in the interpretation of these signals. In this project, we study how genomic regions controlling gene expression affect environmental interpretation and how these reactions differ among tree populations originating from different European locations. We concentrate on studying Scots pine and silver birch genetic adaptation and its evolutionary basis. Our results will help to understand how plants genetically adapt to environmental change and how fast responses we can expect from them. The results can be also utilized in forest tree breeding, optimal deployment of regeneration material and predicting the impact of breeding.