Centre for Forest Biology
Welcome to the University of Victoria's Centre for Forest Biology! We carry out fundamental and applied research in forest biology, and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our research projects emphasize the adaptations of trees and their interactions with the environment. The Centre has just completed a very successful six-year major research and training initiative, the NSERC CREATE Program in Forests and Climate Change, which supported graduate students for research on the interaction of trees and forests with climate change, including carbon sequestration.
In addition to the research carried out in our laboratories at UVic, we work with with scientists from Forestry Canada at the Pacific Forestry Centre and the Laurentian Forestry Centre, as well as the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range. We foster linkages with the forest industry and private sector laboratories, and work to facilitate the transfer of technology and knowledge to the broader community.
Our areas of research include conifer embryogenesis, plant stress physiology including water relations and gas exchange, plant and fungal molecular biology, functional genomics of plant natural products, plant-pest interactions, plant biochemistry and biotechnology, and microbial ecology and carbon sequestration by forests and soils.
Graduate students wishing to take part in the work of the Centre should contact professors directly, and subsequently apply to the Biology Graduate Program. They may conduct their thesis research working with collaborating scientists. Both MSc and PhD research and training is conducted through the Centre.
Director: C. Peter Constabel, Professor of Biology
Forest Biology Symposium April 28 - details
Forest Biology Tree Walk - Please enjoy our campus tree walk!
Nearby beaches, parks and areas of botanical note
James AM, Ma D, Mellway R, Gesell A, Yoshida K, Walker V, Tran L, Stewart D, Reichelt M, Jussi Suvanto, Salminen J-P, Gershenzon J, Séguin A, and Constabel CP (2017) MYB115 and MYB134 transcription factors regulate proanthocyanidin synthesis and structure. Plant Physiology, in press (doi:10.1104/pp.16.01962)
Renault H, Alber A, Horst NA, Basilio Lopes A, Fich EA, Kriegshauser L, Wiedemann G, Ullmann P, Herrgott L, Erhardt M, Pineau E, Ehlting J, Schmitt M, Rose JKC, Reski R, Werck-Reichhart D (2017) A phenol-enriched cuticle is ancestral to lignin evolution in land plants. Nat. Commun. 8: 14713
Yoshida K, Ma D, Constabel CP (2015) The MYB182 protein downregulates proanthocyanidin and anthocyanin biosynthesis in poplar by repressing both structural and regulatory flavonoid genes. Plant Physiology 167: 693-710
Chedgy RJ, Köllner TG, and Constabel CP (2015). Functional characterization of two acyltransferases from Populus tri0chocarpa capable of synthesizing benzyl benzoate and salicyl benzoate, potential intermediates in salicinoid phenolic glycoside biosynthesis. Phytochemistry, 13: 149-159
Kranabetter J, Hawkins B, Jones M, Robbins S, Dyer T, Li T (2015) Species turnover (β diversity) in ectomycorrhizal fungi linked to NH4+ uptake capacity. Molec. Ecol. doi: 10.1111/mec.13435
Hawkins BJ, Jones MD, Kranabetter JM (2015) Ectomycorrhizae and tree seedling nitrogen nutrition in forest restoration. New Forests PART OF AN INVITED ISSUE ON FOREST RESTORATION. DOI 10.1007/s11056-015-9488-2
Boczulak S, Roy R, Maynard D, Hawkins BJ (2015) Long- and short-term temperature differences affect organic and inorganic nitrogen availability in forest soils. Can. J. Soil Sci. 95: 77-86.
von Aderkas P, Teyssier C, Charpentier J-P, Gutmann M, Pâques L, Le Metté C, Ader K, Label P, Kong L, Lelu-Walter M-A. (2015) Effect of type of embryogenesis and light conditions on anatomical and biochemical aspects of hybrid larch embryos (Larix x marschlinsii Coaz). Annals of Botany. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcu254
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