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Trees4Future
The forest, the tree, the wood : three systems , which must meet a variety of requirements - as an ecosystem , as a resort and as a table where we sit.

The  quality of seed provides the foundation for the vitality of trees. Genetic tests help to determine the most favorable provenance for the respective location. Technical methods from the fields of chemistry, wood research and botany in turn check the quality of the wood ¿ an indispensable building material used for millennia. To make forest and timber research more efficient and more "European", the project " Trees4Future " started at the end of 2011 with the aim to link European institutions in the fields of forest genetics , tree breeding and forest ecology, to standardize analytical methods and modeling techniques and synchronize them between laboratories and set up a web-based platform for the exchange of methods and data.

Scientific contribution from Austria

The Institute of Forest Genetics (Department of Genome Research) of the Federal Research Centre for Forests (BFW ) is significantly involved in the harmonization of genetic methods for seed research under this research cooperation. Improved traceability of plant parts in a reforestation, via the nursery and the seed back to the seed-harvest stock , would greatly facilitate silvicultural decisions , especially with regard to climate change.

Allocation of seed

We know that there are differences in the growth characteristics between different provenances of forest trees, although it is still difficult to identify and to associate them with genetic markers. BFW manages the working package dealing with an easier allocation of seed to the original harvest stocks by means of improved markers.  Thus, all stakeholders in the seed production and supply chain  from the owner of the seed-harvest stocks to the cone pickers , seed traders and nurseries and even to the plant traders will gain more security concerning the biological quality of seed and plant stocks.

A total of six partner labs are working on this aspect, with particular emphasis being placed on larch, oak, pine , wild cherry , beech, spruce and poplar.

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The use of markers shall facilitate the allocation of seed for harvest stock










Trees4Future in brief | The project involves 28 partners from 16 EU countries. Project duration: four years , total volume: approximately nine million euros , co-funded from the EU 7th  Framework  
Programme (FP7).
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