Research topics Publications
Species diversification - which species should we use?
This paper stresses that future use of ‘alternative’ species for diversification should be contingent on rigorous biological risk assessment, results from forestry scale trials, and the establishment of sustainable British seed sources.
Priorities for research on Emerging Species
An analysis of species diversity of the Public Forest Estate in Britain to help inform the future direction of research on species and provenance.
Genetic considerations for provenance choice of native trees under climate change in England
This Research Report provides a review of published results from provenance tests of relevance to English native trees to identify factors which may influence the risk, suitability and desirability of the use of local versus non-local seed under climate change.
UK Forest Genetic Resources Strategy
Forest Genetic Resources Strategy
Cryptic genetic variation and adaptation to waterlogging in Caledonian Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris L.
Exposure to a contrasting novel environment such as waterlogging under common garden conditions can trigger release of otherwise unobservable (cryptic) genetic variation. Under a flooding treatment, there was a greater increase in variability in Scots pine populations originating from drier sites in Scotland which likely reflects a relative absence of past selection. Under climate change this cryptic genetic variation may provide considerable potential to adapt.
Conservation of black poplar: insights from a DNA fingerprinting approach
Black poplar is Great Britain’s rarest native hardwood and there is considerable interest in conserving the genetic diversity present in the remaining population. However, multiplication by vegetative propagation has led...
Using DNA barcoding and metabarcoding to detect species and improve forest biodiversity monitoring
Growing threats to biodiversity from pressure of land use, climate change, and invasive pests and diseases highlight the importance of obtaining accurate baseline measurements of current forest biodiversity, as well...
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
Supplying trees in an era of environmental uncertainty: Identifying challenges faced by the forest nursery sector in Great Britain
Paper explores challenges faced by the nursery sector in Great Britain in an era of environmental uncertaintyIn recent years, there have been many studies exploring the management strategies that might...
The genetic consequences of long term habitat fragmentation on a self-incompatible clonal plant, Linnaea borealis L.
Study finds twinflower in Scotland exhibits genetic effects of chronic population fragmentationHabitat fragmentation is widely thought to contribute to the decline of plant species. In part, this is due to...