Konstantin V. Krutovsky
PhD., Professor, Leading Research Scientist at Vavilov Institute of General Genetics Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor, Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding, Büsgen-Institute, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
Contact Person in SibFU:
Natalia V. Oreshkova
Researcher of SibFU Genome Research and Education Center, Researcher of Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Selection at Sukachev Institute of Forest, RAS Siberian
The main goal of the proposed project is to create a new, competitive, modern, dynamic, and well-equipped Laboratory of Genome Research, integrated in the scientific as well as in the educational infrastructure of the Siberian Federal University (SibFU) with the full capability of carrying modern scientific research, including the proposed in this project complete sequencing, comparative analysis, and annotation of the main forest-forming conifer species in Russia, Siberian larch (Larix sibirica Ledeb.), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Siberian stone pine (Pinus sibirica Du Tour.), and their most dangerous pathogens, fungus Armillaria mellea s. l. and root rot Heterobasidion annosum s. l. that cause catastrophic mortalities in Siberian and Far East boreal forests.
In addition, these studies will allow obtaining very important nucleotide data that can be used to develop highly informative molecular genetic markers that can be efficiently used to determine timber origin, to study and monitor genetic variation in conifer forests and their adaptation to climate change, as well as to develop conservation genetic and breeding programs. The same objectives were also declared the highest priority for forestry in the Complex Program of Biotechnology Development in the Russian Federation till 2020 that was approved by the Government of the Russian Federation on April 24, 2012.