Cataloguing in situ protection of genetic resources for BC tree species
Genetic conservation can be accomplished in situ by maintaining wild populations in parks and protected areas, ex situ in seed banks, and for species with active breeding programs, inter situ in genetic common garden experiments. We have evaluated the in situ conservation status for all 50 tree species in BC. This information is being used to determine: 1) where additional information is needed (e.g. genetic structure and degree of population differentiation for minor angiosperm and conifer tree species not previously investigated); and 2) where additional in situ protection needed. For more information visit the “Cataloguing In Situ Genetic Resources” webpages.
BC tree species reports
We are in the process of compiling summary reports on the distribution, ecology, reproduction, genetics and conservation status of BC tree species. For most species we present summaries of the in situ conservation status analyzed by BGC zone. For ten conifers in the provincial breeding program we present summaries of in situ, ex situ conservation seed collections and inter situ common garden experiments analyzed by Seed Planning Unit (SPU). For more information visit the “BC Tree Species Reports” webpages.
The CFCG website hosts online resources for two published reports on in situ conservation analyzed by BGC unit:
Hamann, A., Smets, P., Aitken, S. N. and Yanchuk, A. D. 2005.
An ecogeographic framework for in situ conservation of forest trees in British Columbia. Can. J. For. Res. 35:2553-2561.
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C. Chourmouzis, A.D. Yanchuk, A. Hamann, P. Smets, and S.N. Aitken. 2009.
Forest Tree Genetic Conservation Status Report 1: In situ conservation status of all indigenous BC species. Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, Forest Genetics Council of BC, and BC Ministry of Forests and Range, Forest Science Program, Victoria, BC Technical Report 053. www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Tr/Tr053.htm.
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For information on in, inter and ex situ conservation analyzed by SPU see the companion report:
Krakowski J, C. Chourmouzis, A.D. Yanchuk, D. Kolotelo, A. Hamann, and S.N. Aitken. 2009. Forest Tree Genetic Conservation Status Report 2: genetic conservation status of operational tree species. Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia, and B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog. Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 054. www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Tr/Tr054.htm