Molecular detection of Phytophthoras in forest, woodland and urban garden environments
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.
Delivering Resilient Forests
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 – adaptive breeding for productive, sustainable and resilient forests under climate change
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.
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
Mechanical properties of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce
An investigation into the wood properties and timber potential of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce; whether left un-thinned or re-spaced to various stocking densities.
The breeding of conifer species
Improving the economic value of conifer planting stock through breeding and selection.
Tree and Wood Properties
Tree biomechanics applied to tree survival and forest products
Exploring genetic variation and breeding better trees
Compression wood in conifers (Compression Wood)
This page summarises the ‘Compression wood in conifers’ (Compression Wood) project, funded by the EU Fifth Framework Programme (FP5).
Dormancy and cold hardiness in forest tree seedlings (COLDTREE)
Developing reliable tools to determine seedling condition