Trees4Future Transnational Access projects showcased
The Trees4Future Transnational Access programme offers researchers free access to 28 state-of-the-art forest research structures and facilities across Europe. Three of EFI’s facilities (the European Forest Information SCENario model (EFISCEN), its Virtual Library, and the Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment (ToSIA)) are part of the scheme, as well as several facilities belonging to EFI member organisations.
Azahara Barra-Jiménez from IMIDRA, Spain, presented the results of her work on the vitrification and genetic stability of Holm oak (Quercus ilex L.) somatic embryos. She travelled to Metla’s Punkaharju Unit in Finland, to use their vegetative propagation facilities from February to June 2013.
Ivo Pavia from the Centro de Genómica e Biotecnologia, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes, Portugal, presented the results of his investigations into the Genetic diversity of native Pinus sylvestris L. of Gerês accessed by SSR markers (MICROSAT – PSYLV). He visited BFW’s Department of Genetics molecular laboratory facilities in Austria for a month in 2012.
Both researchers demonstrated how their work has progressed beyond their Trees4Future Transnational Access visits, and their continued collaboration with the facilities and personnel which has led to several publications.
Over 60 visits have taken place under the Trees4Future Transnational Access programme, which offers support for travel and subsistence expenses. To apply, visit the Trees4Future website: www.trees4future.eu
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