My study will focus on Tasmanian and southern Victorian populations and integrate both molecular and quantitative genetic approaches with multi-environment pedigreed field trials to provide a better understanding of the adaptive potential of tree species to changing environments. Molecular markers will be used to provide insights into the patterns of genetic diversity, phylogeography and mating system of Eucalyptus pauciflora. This information will be linked to glasshouse studies of seedling morphology as well as assessments of growth and other adaptive traits in large field trials that were established in late 2010.
Outcomes from the study will include empirical information to prepare guidelines and general strategies for identifying the most appropriate seed sources for planting genetically robust forests. The research approach adopted and the inferences and guidelines developed are expected to be replicable to other regions and similar species.
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
17 April, 2012