Project properties

Title Future ash trees - screening and selection of common ash for resistance to ash dieback
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) FEM group: dr.ir. J (Jan) den Ouden
Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands: dr.ir. P (Paul) Copini
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. Mohren
Contact info jan.denouden@wur.nl, Paul.copini@wur.nl
https://www.wur.nl/en/Persons/ir.-P-Paul-Copini.htm , https://www.wur.nl/nl/Personen/Jan-den-Ouden.htm
Begin date 2017/05/01
End date
Description Ash dieback spreads across Europe and causes leaf loss, crown dieback and bark lesions in affected ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior). Once a tree is infected the disease is usually fatal. Results from Denmark indicate that ca 1% of all ash trees show good resistance to Ash dieback. In this project we aim to identify ash trees that show good tolerance to Hymenscyphus fraxineus, the fungus that causes ash dieback. We will screen ash provenance trials in the Netherlands for tolerant trees and determine tolerance levels in inoculation experiments.

Best period: (growing season)
Combination: (project can be combined with an internship)
Co-operation: (project can be done in a group of students)
Type of work: (field work, experiment)

Population and forest dynamics/ Forest restoration and succession / The Netherlands/ Temperate zone
Used skills
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I