Sally our dear PI was giving a talk at the Canadian Parliament at the end of January, to warn politicians about the impacts of climate change on temperate and boreal forests, and to explain how genomic methods implemented in the Adaptree project might help mitigating these impacts.
Here is a news article in the Canadian Geographic about this event. There is another one in the Ottawa Citizen.
The title of this last one is slightly misleading though…. There won’t be “new” genes in the forests! Just genes already present in the species’gene pool but that need a bit of a push to end up at the right place in the right time to be optimally fit.
Sally emphasized to policy makers that even if our work will help forests adapting and reduce negative outcomes of climate change, the priority should be to slow down the rate of climate change by reducing carbon and greenhouse gases emissions.
Well done Sally!