Advances and Promises of Epigenetics for Forest Trees

Amaral, Joana and Ribeyre, Zoé and Vigneaud, Julien and Sow, Mamadou Dia and Fichot, Régis and Messier, Christian and Pinto, Gloria and Nolet, Philippe and Maury, Stéphane (2020) Advances and Promises of Epigenetics for Forest Trees. Forests, 11 (9).

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The importance of tree genetic variability in the ability of forests to respond and adapt to environmental changes is crucial in forest management and conservation. Along with genetics, recent advances have highlighted “epigenetics” as an emerging and promising field of research for the understanding of tree phenotypic plasticity and adaptive responses. In this paper, we review recent advances in this emerging field and their potential applications for tree researchers and breeders, as well as for forest managers. First, we present the basics of epigenetics in plants before discussing its potential for trees. We then propose a bibliometric and overview of the literature on epigenetics in trees, including recent advances on tree priming. Lastly, we outline the promises of epigenetics for forest research and management, along with current gaps and future challenges. Research in epigenetics could use highly diverse paths to help forests adapt to global change by eliciting different innovative silvicultural approaches for natural- and artificial-based forest management.

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