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...
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...
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
In this project we have utilised existing and developed new microsatellite markers in model species such as wood ants, wood crickets and twinflower to gain insight into the effect of landscape features.
This project conducts research on adaptive and neutral genetic variation in our native tree species and woodland dwelling organisms. The results of the work contribute to the development of appropriate policy relating to future resilience of our native woodlands.
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