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Seed supply and breeding targets for Scots pine and Norway spruce in Sweden. Dag Lindgren at workshop Delineation of Breeding Zones Hann Munden, March 23, 2009. http://www-genfys.slu.se/staff/dagl/TREEBREEDEX/. Levels of “targets”.

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seed supply and breeding targets for scots pine and norway spruce in sweden

Seed supply and breeding targets for Scots pine and Norway spruce in Sweden

Dag Lindgren

at workshop

Delineation of Breeding Zones

Hann Munden, March 23, 2009

http://www-genfys.slu.se/staff/dagl/TREEBREEDEX/

levels of targets
Levels of “targets”
  • An existing seed source (seed orchard) gets a delineated permitted or recommended area, but comparison with other seed sources makes the delineation less fixed.
  • Delineated areas are needed for estimates of needed seed orchards.
  • For long term breeding, “targets” are needed rather than zones.
  • For seed orchard composition, recruitment area around the main target.
sweden is extremely simple
Sweden is extremely simple!

Sweden extends at northern latitudes, where latitude (light climate) is more important.

Warming is welcome in Sweden!

Precipitation is rather uniform, drastic slopes and mountain forestry uncommon.

For choice of seed source, sites are characterized with:

heat sum and latitude.

  • Heat sum can be adjusted for e.g. exposure (or climate change)
  • Latitude is more critical at more northern latitudes (thus Sweden)
  • Latitude = light climate
  • For other factors, the consideration is species.
a program planter s guide by skogforsk exists assisting decisions
A program (Planter’s guide by “Skogforsk”) exists assisting decisions
  • It is based on results from provenance trials
  • It can compare different seed sources at a given location for relative performance
  • It draws recommended areas for seed orchards
slide10
Scots pine seed orchard performance at different plantation latitudes, alt =200m, max=100, with Planter’s guide
levels of targets1
Levels of “targets”
  • An existing seed source (seed orchard) gets a delineated permitted or recommended area.
  • Delineated areas are needed for estimates of needed seed orchards.
  • For long term breeding, “targets” are needed rather than zones.
  • For seed orchard composition, recruitment area around the main target.
slide12
Areas for estimatesfor current dimensioning of Swedish seed orchards (each color an orchard supply area)

Pine

Spruce

slide13
When seed orchards are mature, seed need have changed, recommendations will have changed, seed production projections has changed etc. Nothing is forever.
  • The major uncertainty is projecting species need, not provenance need.
levels of targets2
Levels of “targets”
  • An existing seed source (seed orchard) gets a delineated permitted or recommended area, but comparison with other seed sources makes the delineation less fixed.
  • Delineated areas are needed for estimates of needed seed orchards.
  • For long term breeding, “targets” are needed rather than zones.
  • For seed orchard composition, recruitment area around the main target.
tree breeding targets
Tree Breeding targets
  • Swedish long term tree breeding is structured in subpopulations, each with 50 tested founders.
  • The populations are targeted based on heat sum and light climate (altitude and latitude).
  • Figures show the targets of 24 pine (left) and 22 spruce (right) subpopulations

“Map” of Sweden

levels of targets3
Levels of “targets”
  • An existing seed source (seed orchard) gets a delineated permitted or recommended area, but comparison with other seed sources makes the delineation less fixed.
  • Delineated areas are needed for estimates of needed seed orchards.
  • For long term breeding, “targets” are needed rather than zones.
  • For seed orchard composition, recruitment area around the main target.
slide17

Range of origins = v = 3 latitudes, but considering pollen, range of halfsibfamilies =v/2 = 1.5 latitude

Plust tree origins

Seed orchard location

a seed orchard recruits clones from several breeding populations
A seed orchard recruits clones from several breeding populations!

Recruitment area for the clones at Västerhus

“Map” of Sweden

slide19
Inoptimality loss as function of zone size and origin range at the same altitude according to a model I made
  • Conclusions:
  • Zone size ranging over 2-3 latitudes for a seed orchard is OK
  • Avoid larger range of origin for clones than 3 latitudes in seed orchards
global warming and zones in sweden

Global warming and zones in Sweden

Dag Lindgren

at workshop

Delineation of Breeding Zones

Hann Munden, March 24, 2009

http://www-genfys.slu.se/staff/dagl/TREEBREEDEX/

environmental change
Environmental change

How has Swedish tree breeding prepared for an uncertain future?

  • Structuring of long term breeding
  • Increased use of seed orchards
  • Seed orchards which produce robust and flexible seed
slide22

Sea level

To prepare for an uncertain future, breeding effort are spread towards sea level and timber limit more than optimal today!

Timber limit

slide23

Breeding materials are tested over a range of environments around the target environment! They will be more plastic and stable than Evolution made them!Evolution knows only now and here!!!!Tree breeders can do better than that!

seed orchards produce seeds for variable conditions
Seed orchards produce seeds for variable conditions!!
  • Seed orchards are predictable and reproducible.
  • Clones selected from a wide range of stands and tested on several different sites.
  • A sufficient number of clones (17-25).
  • Some flexibility for immediate changes (roguing and selective harvest).
global warming is here
Global warming is here!!!
  • Now we are certain climate is warming!!
  • Immediate action is justified!
  • But as predictions vary very wildly, the uncertainty is larger than before!!
  • Prepare for a more uncertain future!
  • Response: wider range of testing!
response to widened uncertainty breeding materials are tested over a wider range of environments
Response to widened uncertainty!Breeding materials are tested over a wider range of environments!
global warming is here1
Global warming is here!!!
  • Climate is warming!!
  • Immediate response justified!
  • Better guide lines will be formulated, till then react now, logic, simple and moderate!
  • Most certain change is temperature rise, other predictions are speculative and more difficult to manage.
how to mimic temperature change
How to mimic temperature change?
  • Pretend to change the elevation!
  • Logic. Physics says that air cools when lifted! And observations say that it is colder at high altitudes!
  • Temperature in Swedish vegetation period rises around 0.6 degree when elevation is reduced 100 m!
  • Thus, reduce elevation from 1990 to the actual year
  • Thus 3.33 meter/annually, 100 m in 33 years!
  • Or change heat sum correspondingly, but this is less transparent.
  • Equivalent to keeping the heatsum constant at a geographic location!
slide29
Response to warming:Move the map of Sweden!To keep to heat sum and latitude, the altitude of the breeding population target raises

“Map” of Sweden

“Map” of Sweden

slide30

Suitable climatic conditions

Modified from

Gösta Eriksson

Forest genetics

how large temperature change
How large temperature change?
  • Do something immediatly!
  • Do not overreact! Minimize reaction! Do not react so no change becomes a disaster! There are still scientists doubting it will be warmer 2040 than it was 1990, the harm if they are right should be limited!
  • Attention on first five years after plantation! Establishment important!
  • Few scenarios predict less than 2 degrees rise in a century.
  • Standard temperature period 1961-1990, it is most logic and simple to start from that!
  • Our experience on transfers is mainly based on before 1990 events.
  • A continuous change from 1990 to 2040, one degree in half a century.
  • Make it simple!
two time horisons
Two time horisons
  • Planting a seed source (about 2013) – 83 m altitude change. Includes planting of tests of the long term breeding population.
  • Planning seed orchards (planting about 2038) – 167 m altitude change
  • Sweden covers larger altitude differences than 150 m, the change seems rather safe.
slide35
Scots pine seed orchard performance at different plantation latitudes, alt =200m, 1990, with Planter’s guide

2023, Planter’s guide alt 100 m

comments
Comments
  • Not much is lost if clima does not become warmer.
  • If clima becomes warmer than predicted, the losses will be reduced.
  • It is an immediate strategy, while thinking on a long term strategy.
  • A bit conservative, but psychologically better that next change plans for a hotter future than to admit overreaction.
  • For other changes than average temperature, the response is more in species than seed source.
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