Foresters plan for a healthy mix of spatial diversity in the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Hannah Letinich)
Scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will be using genetic research to give natural selection a push in raising fish and growing forests that are more resistant to the ravages of climate change.
Two UBC-based science projects, one for forestry and one for fish, are receiving more than $10 million in funding from the non-profit research organization Genome BC.
Both projects will use genomics – the mapping of the complete DNA sequences of organisms – to identify species that have already become more resistant to the effects of climate change through natural selection, and then give them a push through accelerated breeding.