Projects

International

NNEXT – Nepôvodné druhy drevín pre európske lesy – skúsenosti, riziká a možnosti
Non-native tree species for european forests – experiences, risks and opportunities
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Kormuťák Andrej DrSc.
Annotation: The management of tree species non-native to European geographical regions has a long tradition within forestry management practice. Their introduction to Europe (initially focussed on growing tree species) dates back to the 18th century when enormous demands were being made on natural resources to sustain the on-going industrialization of Europe. Today issues of biomass production and C sequestration as well as the question of whether these species could increase the adaptive capacity of forests to long-term climate change patterns have fuelled a growing interest in non-native tree species in Europe. In order to determine their fullest potential (and associated management options, but also assess associated risks and challenges) the need for a communication platform allowing for discussion with stakeholder groups from within anf beyond European borders, is argued.
Duration: 3.6.2014 – 13.5.2018

National

Hybridné roje borovice lesnej a borovice horskej-kosodreviny na Slovensku
Hybrid swarms of Scots pine and mountain dwarf pine in Slovakia
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Kormuťák Andrej DrSc.
Annotation: The project is oriented towards experimental verification of hybridological relationship between Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and mountain dwarf pine (P. mugo Turra). Within putative hybrid swarms of these species in northern Slovakia, the extent of introgressive hybridization with the parental species mentiontd above will be determined. Except for the classical approaches of artificial hybridization, the chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) is expected to be used in verification of both the interspecific and intraspecific hybrids of these pines. The degree of genetic divergence between hybrid swarms and natural populations of both parental species will be determined using cpDNA and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) markers. The project aims in validation of the hybrid nature of the putative hybrid swarms on the localities in Zuberec – Medzi Bormi, Suchá Hora and Terchová – Sokolie all of which are taken for rare endemites on our territory.
Duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2019