Dr. Jaroslaw Burczyk
Kazimierz Wielki University
Title: Monitoring mating patterns in seed orchards: adjusting expectations to reality
Jaroslaw Burczyk is a Professor in Biology (PhD in biology, 1992). He has long experience in population genetics of forest trees, including gene flow, mating systems and management of forest genetic resources. His particular interests are management of forest genetic resources in natural and artificial populations (seed orchards). He works on statistical mating models (e.g., neighborhood model) to investigate the determinants of reproductive success. Currently he is head of Department of Genetics, and Vice Rector for Science of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He gained scientific experience through extended sabbaticals in Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA (Fulbright Fellowship) and ENGREF-INRA, Nancy, France.
Dr. Yousry A. El-Kassaby
University of British Columbia
Title: Tree breeding in the genomics era – opportunities and challenges
Yousry is a Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Prior to his current post, Yousry worked in the industry as Director, Genetics and Product Development, CellFor Inc., and as Director, Applied Forest Research, Pacific Forest Products Ltd, both based in Victoria, British Columbia. He has received numerous research grants in the area of forest genetics and tree improvement and has authored and co-authored more than 300 refereed publications, book chapters and invited papers. His research interests are diverse and cover tree domestication, tree improvement delivery system, seed and seedling biology and production, gene conservation, biotechnology and genomics. Yousry is a member of the IUFRO Extended Board and Coordinator of Division 2 (Physiology and Genetics) and recipient of the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award (2010). He is an Adjunct Professor at Fujian University and Nanjing University (China), Honorary Professor at Beijing University (China) and Professor Honoris causa at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic). He serves as Associate Editor to the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
Yousry is Ph.D. in population and quantitative genetics (1980: University of British Columbia, Canada), M.Sc. in quantitative genetics (1977: University of Tanta, Egypt) and B.Sc. in Genetics (1970: University of Alexandria, Egypt).
Dr. Juha Kaitera
Natural Resources Institute Finland
Title: Biology of cone pathogens of Picea – Thekopsora and Chrysomyxa cone rusts
Juha Kaitera is a forest pathologist and a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Institute Finland in Oulu, Finland. He is a Docent at the University of Oulu with an expertise in epidemiology of rust diseases. His research has concentrated especially on scleroderris canker of pine and spruce, pine stem rusts, spruce cone rusts and root and butt rot diseases (especially Heterobasidion), of which he has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His recent work has focused on pine stem rusts (Cronartium, Peridermium) and cone rusts of spruce (Thekopsora, Chrysomyxa), of which he has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles. The research of cone rusts has concentrated on their fruiting and sporulation, life cycle, host and alternate host range, and effect on seeds.
Dr. Milan Lstibůrek
Czech University of Life sciences Prague
Topic: Seed orchard designs
Milan is a Professor and Departmental Head at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. He is a graduate of the Czech University of Life Sciences (Ing. in Forestry), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (MSc. in Forest Biology), and North Carolina State University (Ph.D. in Forestry). He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the North Carolina State University. His area of interest covers quantitative forest genetics. Milan developed and evaluated numerous breeding strategies and seed orchard layouts.
Christer Löfstedt; “Three out of the Big Five”: Challenges in pheromone-based control of moths in spruce seed orchards
Dr. Christer Löfstedt
Title: “Three out of the Big Five”: Challenges in pheromone-based control of moths in spruce seed orchards
Christer’s research interests include all aspects of insect chemical communication with focus on the evolutionary and applied aspects of pheromone communication in moths. Ongoing research ranges from molecular biology of pheromone reception and pheromone biosynthesis to studies of insect behaviour in the field. Christer is involved in several projects aimed at biorational control of pest insects by means of insect pheromones, one of the foremost alternatives to the use of conventional insecticides. He teaches various aspects of chemical communication on undergraduate courses in chemical ecology, evolutionary ecology, sensory biology, molecular ecology and biotechnology.
Christer is head of Department of Biology at Lund University since 2010, President of The International Society of Chemical Ecology and fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He was appointed professor in Ecology at Lund University in 1998.
Dr. Shelagh McCartan
Title: Bad seed is robbery of a worse kind ...
Shelagh is a Seed Scientist and Work Area Leader for Plant Production at Forest Research in Great Britain. She co-ordinates a programme of applied research with two focus areas:
- upgrading, testing, stratifying and storing tree seeds to improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of plant production, and
- modelling thermal time to predict the impact of climate change on dormancy-germination cycles of tree seeds.
Steve McKeand; Management strategies to increase genetic gain and to maintain healthy trees in loblolly pine seed orchards and forests in the southern US
Dr. Steve McKeand
North Carolina State University
Title: Management strategies to increase genetic gain and to maintain healthy trees in loblolly pine seed orchards and forests in the southern US
Steve has been a Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources for over 30 years and is Director of the Cooperative Tree Improvement Program (http://treeimprovement.org//) at North Carolina State University. In addition to directing the program, Steve conducts research in support of the Tree Improvement Cooperative, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in forest genetics, directs graduate students, and conducts outreach and extension programs for the 35 company and government agency members of the Cooperative as well as for foresters and forest landowners throughout the southern US.
Steve received his BS in Forestry in 1976 and MS in Forest Genetics in 1978, both from Purdue University. In 1983, he completed his PhD in Forest Genetics at NC State University.
Alain Roques; Why are insect pests more impacting in seed orchards than in surrounding forests? The experience of long-term surveys of pest damage in France
Dr. Alain Roques
Research Director of Forest Zoology
Title: Why are insect pests more impacting in seed orchards than in surrounding forests? The experience of long-term surveys of pest damage in France.
Alain Roques (D.Sc., Ph.D.) is the leader of the Forest Zoology unit with INRA Orléans, France. He is a forest entomologist with 31 years of experience on the biology, ecology and behavior of forest insects. He got his PhD in 1975 and DSc in 1988. Until the late 2000s, his activity mostly focused the mechanisms underlying the colonization of conifer cones by insects, developing EU research programs in seed orchards of Europe and China. During the recent years, he turned towards biological invasions and the effect of global warming on the populations of terrestrial invertebrates. He especially coordinated the inventory of alien terrestrial invertebrates in Europe realized within the DAISIE project. He was also the editor of a recent book devoted to the relationships between climate change and insects: “Processionary Moths and Climate Change: An update”. He published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, of which 65 dealing with cone and seed insects, 25 books and book chapters, and presented 93 communications at international conferences.
Dr. Xiao-Ru Wang
Title: Seed orchards – linking basic research and forest production
Xiao-Ru Wang is a Professor in plant genetics at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå University, and an Adjunct Professor at the Beijing Forestry University, China. Her research covers population genetics and phylogenetic history of Eurasian conifer species. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in genetics and evolution and molecular ecology. Recently she leads a few research projects in Sweden on genetic function of pine and spruce seed orchards and the related consequences for forest production and long-term adaptation to changing climate.
Xiao-Ru received her PhD in Forest Genetics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (1992) and MSc (1987) and BSc (1984) in agronomy from Beijing Forestry University, China.