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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
Upgrading seed lots of European silver fir:
This study tested whether imbibition-drying-separation (IDS) would remove dead, empty and insect-infested seeds to improve the quality of seed-lots of European silver fir.
The breeding of conifer species
Improving the economic value of conifer planting stock through breeding and selection.
A future with broadleaved trees
A Woodland Tree Improvement Strategy has been developed by the Future Trees Trust (formerly the British and Irish hardwood Improvement Programme), the Earth Trust (formerly the Northmoor Trust) and Forest Research which sets out the case for and actions to increase the availability and use of improved planting stock.
Research information notes (RINs)
Out of print research publications from the 1980s and 1990s
Publications on timber quality
Timber quality related publications
Publications on tree improvement
Publications about exploring genetic variation and breeding better trees
Publications on trees and vegetation
List of publications about conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of forest ecosystems
Dormancy and cold hardiness in forest tree seedlings (COLDTREE)
Developing reliable tools to determine seedling condition