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The six Departments of BFW
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BFW consists of six research departments covering a broad array of topics ranging from traditional forestry problems over natural hazard research and the management of georisks to landscape development and protection.

Department of Forest Growth and Silviculture

Head: Dr. Silvio Schüler
The Department of Forest Growth and Silviculture deals with the establishment, management and utilisation of forest stands.  >>>
Department of Forest Genetics

Head: Univ.Doz.Dr. Thomas Geburek
The Department of Forest Genetics is concerned with the analysis of genetic information about forest trees and other organisms living in the forest.  >>>
Department of Forest Ecology and Soils

Head: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Ernst Leitgeb
This Department investigates the relationships of forest trees with their environment and the interdependence of plants and animals.  >>>
Department of Forest Protection

Head: Privatdozent DI Dr. Gernot Hoch
The Department of Forest Protection studies biotic and abiotic damaging factors and develops control strategies.  >>>
Department of Forest Inventory

Head: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Klemens Schadauer
Key task of the Department is the planning, execution and evaluation of the Austrian Forest Inventory.  >>>
Department of Natural Hazards

Head: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Karl Kleemayr
Research into natural hazards such as avalanches, floods, erosion and landslides is increasingly gaining in importance.  >>>

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