Ernest Ting Yu Wu

Research Interests

Forests are an important component of the terrestrial biome. The ability for tree species to adapt defences towards their heir fast-evolving natural herbivorous or insect enemies will be a key attribute to the longevity and ecosystem health of forests, especially as insect outbreaks are projected to increase under the changing climate. In my research, I aim to understanding the Molecular Evolution of Insect Defence Genes in Forest Tree Populations. I will use molecular techniques to quantify the phenotypic and genetic variation in disease resistant traits on a biogeographic scale, across different populations of white spruce (Picea glauca) from North America and Norway spruce (Picea abies) from Eurasia

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