April 2021- Congratulations to Amanda Fitzhugh for getting the prestigious HURA undergraduate research award!

January 2021- Our paper “Dissecting the polygenic basis of cold adaptation in Douglas-fir” has been published in Genes on January 18th!

August 2020- Our new Epigenomics project was featured by the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS): “Forest geneticist receives $810,000 grant to study disease resistance in sugar pines”, by Science Magazine and by NAU News.

August 2020- Our epigenomics research has been featured as “The Tweet of the Week” by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Thank you @USDA-NIFA for featuring our research at the NIFA bulletin Aug26 !.

August 2020- The “Spruce Genome book” is published!! An amazing collection of research chapters from some of the most renowned forest geneticists around the world. This book was edited by Dr. Porth (U Laval) and Dr. De La Torre and published by Springer.

August 2020- The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation has launched the Whitebark Pine Genome Initiative, a collaborative effort among our lab, several universities, the US Forest service and the BC Ministry of Forests, to develop genomic resources to restore white bark pine stands throughout western US.

July 2020- Matthew published his thesis research at the Plant Journal, and defended his Master’s thesis during the same month!

January 2020- Ben and Matthew gave excellent presentations at the PAG meeting in San Diego.

August 2019- We received an USDA/NIFA award to study epigenomics of disease resistance in sugar pine!. Please see the description of the project in the Research section.

June 2019- Dr. De La Torre was a keynote speaker at the IUFRO Tree Biotechnology meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina

April 2019- Ben’s presentation on the “Genome-wide association of cold related traits in Douglas fir” has been accepted for presentation at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Louisville this August.

March 8th, 2019- Our research paper at PNAS (Lin et al. 2018) was featured at the NAU website!

January 2019- Our research paper at New Phytologist (De La Torre et al. 2019) was featured by a Commentary paper in the same issue by Dr. Casola (Texas A & M).

January 2019- Dr. De La Torre was an invited speaker at the “Evolution of genome size” session at the Plant and Animal Genome XXVII meeting in San Diego.

Top image credits: De La Torre et al. 2019.Genome Biology and Evolution.

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