Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference
Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference



Tree Improvement 101 - an emphasis on hardwoods

Monday, June 3, 2019 
1-4 pm in BG
Carrie Pike (, USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, coordinator, SAF CEUs available. -- 

This workshop will use a combination of lecture, discussion and examples on various topics related to tree improvement, with an emphasis on hardwood tree species. The workshop is intended as an introduction for novices, and a refresher for experienced tree breeders and orchard managers. We will discuss different sources of variation that impact selection in hardwoods, and the unique challenges that hardwood systems pose to tree improvement programs.



State Forestry Agency Tree Improvement Discussion Group 

June 3, 2019
3-4 pm in CC

Fred Raley (, Texas A&M and Texas Forest Service, coordinator 

The purpose of the State Forestry Agency Tree Improvement Discussion Group is to allow those in state agencies to come together and discuss tree improvement issues critical to their specific agencies, specifically related to tree improvement, seed orchard and seedling nurseries.  If enough interest is expressed on a specific subjects or subjects, speakers with expertise in those areas will be invited to participate.

North American Quantitative Genetics Workshop

Monday, June 3, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.
Cost to Participate: NO CHARGE - must register with Fikret, as a minimum attendance is required


The SFTIC 2019 conference features pre-conference workshop on quantitative genetics covering the latest with applications forest tree breeding. Attendance is limited to 30 people. A minimum of 10 people is required to host the workshop. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum is not met.


Organized by:

Dr. Fikret Isik (NC State University, Raleigh, NC)


Genomic revolution, started in 2008 with next generation sequencing technologies, brought new opportunities and challenges to plant and animal breeding. This workshop will cover some of the latest topics and working examples on analysis of DNA markers for breeding applications. The workshop will serve as a forum for geneticists and breeders to exchange ideas about the implications on forest tree breeding.


Workshop Benefits

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will have a better understanding of some of the latest quantitative genetics research and analytical methods.



1:00 – 1:50: Genomic selection in American chestnut. Dr. Jared Westbrook (American Chestnut Foundation)

1:50 – 2:05: Break

2:05 – 2:55: Imputation of missing genotypes. Dr. Fikret Isik (NC State University)

2:55 - 3:10: Break

3:10 – 4:00: Within family selection using DNA markers (tentative). Dr. Patrick Cumbie (Aborgen)

Resistance Screening Center,
Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, June 3, 2019 
1:30-2:30 pm in CC
Chris Rosier ( ArborGen, Inc., and Katie McKeever (, USDA Forest Service, co-coordinators – This brief meeting will be an opportunity to meet the new Manager of the USDA Forest Service Resistance Screening Center at Bent Creek, Katie McKeever. Topics will include an introduction to Katie’s background and experiences, updates on current operations at the RSC, and discussions regarding future opportunities and direction of the center. All interested persons are invited.

Contact Information

Renee Williams
Program Coordinator II

730 Rose St. Lexington, KY 40546-0073