913330 Genetics and biodiversity

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Neophytou, Charalambos
Offered in
Wintersemester 2021/22
Languages of instruction


An essential part of forest biodiversity is the genetic component of forest trees. For all adaptation processes to a changing environment a sufficient amount of genetic diversity is a conditio sine qua non. Therefore, forest genetic resources play an important role in nature protection but are also an essential production factor in forestry. Hence, following issues were tackled:

Measures of genetic diversity and differentiation, genetic variation pattern of forest trees affected in the wake of postglacial immigration history and anthropogenic influence, importance of genetic diversity for adaptation, natural and artificial sinks and sources of genetic diversity, making use of forest genetic diversity through the selection of appropriate provenances, basics in tree improvement including GM-trees, conservation of forest genetic resources, legally binding norms when moving forest reproductive material in trade.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in population and molecular genetics (Grundlagen der Ökologie I) is required.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The students should be able to identify and apply different genetic components in silviculture and resources management. In doing so basic knowledge of existing legal regulations on forest reproductive material should be also considered.
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