913304 Advanced forest genetics with special emphasis on conservation biology

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Neophytou, Charalambos , Jansen, Simon Alexander
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Focuses and activities in this seminar include:
- advanced population genetics
- quantification of genetic diversity and structure using population genetics software
- development of spatial patterns of genetic variation in forest tree species, but also other organisms in forest ecosystems (especially animals and herbaceous plants)
- change of genetic structure in space and time under the influence of evolutionary factors
- genetic differentiation in continuous and fragmented areas of a species’ distribution range and relevance for genetic conservation
- consideration of genetic structures and quantitative genetic variation in the selection of target populations for genetic conservation
- evolutionarily significant units and management units based on case studies of forest tree species and other organisms
- various forms of in-situ and ex-situ measures for the conservation of genetic resources such as genetic conservation forests and clone archives, implementation in practice (e.g. silvicultural measures in genetic conservation forests) and genetic monitoring.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful course attendance, course participants are able to:
- define important measures of population genetic variation
- explain the influence of evolutionary factors and management measures on the genetic variation of populations in forests
- explain and independently construct datasets for population genetic analysis
- analyse the genetic diversity and structure of such populations using selected methods
- derive strategies for the conservation of genetic resources in forests

objective of this lecture.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.