Training school “Analysis of genetic structure within and among populations with focus on marginal populations of woody species”

Cost Action FP1202 MaP-FGR. 18-22 January 2016, Fredensborg, Denmark

MaP FGR COST Action aims to bring together experts in forest genetic resources (FGR) to collect knowledge on FGR in Marginal and Peripheral (MaP) populations throughout Europe. The effects of climate change are likely to be stronger and more rapid in MaP populations than elsewhere. MaP forest populations are at the edges of species ranges where conditions are less suitable for survival. Studying adaptive processes in these populations is crucial and of mutual interest for European and neighboring countries for understanding the evolution of species and developing gene pool (FGR) conservation and management strategies and networks to cope with global changes. These populations are not only threatened by modern climate changes but also by other disturbances arising from human pressures and they may prove invaluable for adapting the European forestry sector. For more information on the COST Action FP1202 MaP-FGR see the dedicated website on

The training school focuses on how to analyze data on genetic structures developed as results of the interplay between local adaption (response to selection), genetic drift and gene flow. The training school targets PhD students and other young scientists involved in on-going studies of genetics of woody plant species. MSc students can also benefit from the course provided if they already have some background knowledge in population genetics or quantitative genetics, and are working with genetic analysis of populations in their MSc thesis.
The trainings school will consist of a combination of lectures, exercises, field visits and supervised student discussion of selected articles. Active participation is therefore a requirement of all students, and the students must have read the literature before the course. After the course, the student will submit a small report to document their learning outcome.

Segnalato da Valentina Garavaglia