Forest Research have been engaged in efforts to improve tolerance of ash trees to ash dieback caused by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (previously known as ‘Chalara‘) since the disease was first recognised in Great Britain in 2012.
Progress has been made under three main projects:
Living Ash Project
Ash dieback mass screening trials
Testing a range of ash species for tolerance to ash dieback
Across these three projects,...
LAP2 commenced in 2019 as an extention of the earlier Living Ash Project phase I.
The objectives of LAP2 are to:
Establish a National Archive of Tolerant Ash based on selections made in the Living Ash Project phase I and from Forest Research's mass screening trials (Future Trees Trust)
Intensively screen selected trees using...
A project entitled 'molecular detection of Phytophthoras in forest, woodland and urban garden environments' aims to; i) examine Phytophthora diversity in soil at forest, woodland and public garden sites in Scotland, ii) assess the feasibility of using Illumina metabarcoding technology combined with spore trapping for longer-term monitoring of aerial Phytophthora diseases, such as P. ramorum, and iii) to provide evidence to inform biosecurity and remediation policy aimed at limiting the introduction, spread and impact of Phytophthora diseases.
The grading, and therefore the ultimate value of construction timber is governed by the mechanical properties of strength, density and stiffness.
The majority of British spruce timber is graded as C16 but has density and strength characteristics which are usually high enough to achieve greater grades. The factor limiting a greater...
Resilient forests are important if our trees are to cope better with changing environmental conditions and threats from pests and diseases. This page provides information on the publications produced as part of Forest Research's 'Delivering Resilient Forests' programme of research.
B4EST will offer new understanding about how adaptive forest breeding can be used to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under climate change and natural disturbances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions.
There have been a number of changes of nomenclature and location during the 50 years of tree improvement within the Forestry Commission and Forest Research:
Bush Nursery, Roslin 1956-96
Newton Nursery, Elgin 1963-96
Fort Augustus 1971-77
Grizedale, Lake District 1951-71
Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos. 1965-88
Shobdon, Herefordshire 1985-96
Research branch name
The Genetics Section of the Forestry Commission Research Division was established...
A collaboration between Forest Research, Oxford University and Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) which will use DNA-marker technology to identify at a very early age those Sitka spruce trees which will have outstanding growth rate and timber quality when felled 30-years later
A review of known and suspected factors affecting the development of shake defects in native oaks. Produce guidance for growers and policy makers to enable an understanding of why the defect occurs, how to minimise risks in current stands, and how to avoid higher risk sites for new planting.
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