PhD student position in Ecology with a focus on forest genetics
Umea Plant Science Center, Sweden
The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG), Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC) and the Swedish Forest Research Institute (Skogforsk) jointly open a 5-year PhD position within the industrial graduate student research school in forest genetics and biotechnology at UPSC. Application deadline is 10th March, 2017.
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The future supply of biomass will come mostly from planted forests. In Sweden, almost all the regeneration material used in pine and spruce reforestation are supplied by tree breeding programs and seed orchards. It is thus critical that seed orchards function well, producing high seed yield and breeding gain but also a genetic base to support increased biomass production and resilience to future conditions.
This project investigates: 1) how seed orchard design and management practices affect the genetic composition and diversity of seed crops; and 2) how seed orchard establishment and seed deployment strategy affect pine and spruce forests´ adaptation and productivity in their northern range.
This project is in close collaboration with Skogforsk. The position is for 5 years and defined as 80% research time at EMG, Umeå University, and 20% at Skogforsk.
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Umea Plant Science Centre, SE