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UF/IFAS researchers on team that sequenced, assembled, and annotated loblolly pine genome
To look at the humble loblolly pine – grown in neat rows on large farms throughout the southeastern U.S. and milled for things like building lumber and paper – you would never think that its genetic code is seven times larger than a human’s. That is just one of the things researchers, including two from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the UF Genetics Institute, learned as they sequenced the loblolly pine genome for the first time. They also discovered genes resistant to a devastating pine forest disease.
Managing for Resilient Forests
A six minute PINEMAP video focused on forest health management strategies. Produced by Shelby Krantz, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
Polar Vortex, California Drought, Alaskan Heat Wave, Climate Change: What’s With the Weird Weather?
PINEMAP and other USDA NIFA Climate Change Coordinated Agricultural Projects are featured in this eXtension article published on February 14, 2014.
Undergraduate Fellowship Program accepting applications for 2014
The PINEMAP Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides undergraduate students with a research experience with a graduate student mentor and prepares them to successfully assist in teaching secondary school science or social studies classes. Applications are due February 18, 2014. With up to 18 fellowships available this year, we strongly encourage you to apply.
Pilot Testing New Project Learning Tree Curriculum
Project Learning Tree (PLT) and the University of Florida have developed a new secondary module called Southeastern Forests and Climate Change. This activity guide, now in the pilot testing phase, was designed to help educators in the Southeast teach about the effect of climate change on forest ecosystems, the role of forests in sequestering carbon, strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting to changing climatic conditions.
Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: Adapatation Recommendations
Released in April 2013, the 25x'25 Adaptation Work Group's "Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Recommendations" presents a variety of pathways for building and strengthening resilience to climate change in our nation's agriculture and forestry system in the areas of research, production systems and practices, risk management, decision tools, and outreach. Rather than being offered as a definitive set of adaptation recommendations, the report is intended as the beginning of a national dialogue on the steps needed to prepare for an uncertain future.
USDA-Funded Research Leads to Initial Draft of the Loblolly Pine Genome
Researchers at the University of California-Davis, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), today released the initial draft genome sequence of the loblolly pine, an important conifer species that is used as a feedstock for biofuels and can aid in climate change mitigation. The announcement was made at the 2013 Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, California.
Improved Loblolly Pines Better for the Environment, Study Finds
NC State Newsroom, April 17, 2012
Creating Better Pine Forest Management for a Changing Climate
IFAS Research Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
Future forests may soak up more carbon dioxide than previously believed, helping to buffer climate change
North American forests appear to have a greater capacity to soak up heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas than researchers had previously anticipated. As a result, they could help slow the pace of human-caused climate warming more than most scientists had thought, a University of Michigan ecologist Donald Zak and his colleagues have concluded. University of Michigan Press Release, October 13, 2011
Loblolly Legacy PDF document
PINEMAP is featured in the Fall 2011 issue of the University of Florida Office of Research Explore magazine: Loblolly Legacy By Tom Nordlie Universities and growers are helping the South's most abundant pine species adapt to climate change.
SAF Members Selected for EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
Society of American Foresters, October 4, 2011. Bob Abt, PINEMAP Co-PI, named member of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel.
USDA Funds Climate Change Research for $60 Million
Huffington Post, March 21, 2011
$20 million federal grant has hidden benefit for UF-led pine group, two other funded projects.
University of Florida, IFAS News, February 21, 2011
UF-led consortium garners $20 million grant to improve pine forest management.
University of Florida, IFAS News, February 19, 2011
NIFA Announces Grant to Study the Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural and Forest Production.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, February 18, 2011
Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) hosting partnership discussions via conference calls, April-June 2014
The US Department of Agriculture is establishing regional climate hubs to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information on climate change to farmers, ranchers, and forest land managers. These Hubs will help to maintain and strengthen agricultural production, natural resource management, and rural economic development under increasing climate variability. The Hubs will work with USDA to deliver information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales — which will help with everyday decisions on the farm, field, and forest. Read more about the Hubs in the Charter. The Southeast Regional Climate Hub, or SERCH, will connect with public, academic, and private sector organizations, researchers, and outreach specialists to deliver technical support and provide tools and strategies for climate change response to help producers cope with challenges associated with drought, heat stress, excessive moisture, longer growing seasons, and changes in pest pressures. To learn more or get involved in the partnership discussions, go to http://globalchange.ncsu.edu/serch/
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