Forest genetics

Forest genetics

The genetic profile of one species of forest trees varies immensely. At one time the focus was on optimal growth, however over time research into drought resistance has increased in importance.

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How far does pollen travel?

Tree pollen travels large distances and there is considerable intermixing of genes in forests. This has both positive and negative consequences for forest management. Small stands are rarely genetically isolated, but seeds from seed stands are less pure than expected.

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ProCoGen: Adaption of Forests to Climate Change

European forests are unthinkable without Conifers. The threats posed by global warming, depletion by certain diseases and pests, fires, as well as harvesting rates exceeding regeneration, either naturally or artificially, are all important reasons for investigating our knowledge on the mechanisms underlining the expression of important adaptive and productive traits in our forest species.

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Using Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) for Energy or Valuable Timber Production

Excellent growing and wood properties make Robinia pseudoacacia the ideal tree for outdoor use, or short rotation biomass energy plantations.

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