Project properties

Title Functional traits of hybrid trees (free choice of species)
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 24-36
Supervisor(s) Jente Ottenburghs
Examiner(s) Prof Frank van Langevelde
Contact info jente.ottenburghs@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/10/01
End date 2025/12/31
Description Hybridization is a common phenomenon in plants, and trees are no exception. Numerous tree species are known to interbreed and produce viable seeds. The functional traits of the resulting hybrids are difficult to predict. Traits can be intermediate between parental species or differ dramatically (i.e. a phenomenon known as transgressive segregation). The anatomy and ecology of the hybrids can have important consequences for the functioning of the ecosystem. Hybrids might replace parental species or occupy a new niche. This project aims to quantify the differences in functional traits between hybrid trees and their parental species, and how this impacts ecosystem functioning. The choice of species can be discussed.
Used skills
Requirements Ecological Methods I, Ecology of forests