Trees4Future in brief

Theme: Research infrastructures for forestry research
Duration: 4 years
Budget: app. 9 Mill EUR
Funder: EU 7th Framework Programme (FP7)
Partners: 28 organisations

Trees4Future brochure

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Designing Trees for the Future

Trees4Future is an Integrative European Research Infrastructure project that aims to integrate, develop and improve major forest genetics and forestry research infrastructures. It will provide the wider European forestry research community with easy and comprehensive access to currently scattered sources of information (including genetic databanks, forest modelling tools and wood technology labs) and expertise.

This will help forestry researchers and the European forestry sector to respond, in a sustainable manner, to increasing demands for wood products and services in a context of genetic adaptation and changing climatic conditions. It will create a new and better linked research infrastructure which will increase our knowledge about the adaptation of forests to climate change and tree characteristics suited for tailor-made wood supply - thus optimising the short- and long-term exploitation of forest resources.

Call for Access to Infrastructures now open!

The Trees4Future Transnational Access programme offers external users free access to 28 state-of-the-art forest research structures and facilities across Europe. The facilities on offer focus on genetics, genomics and tree breeding, (eco-)physiology and biotechnologywood science and technology and modelling/data analysis. They include genetic databanks, biobanks, laboratories, models and decision-support systems.

"This is a great opportunity to visit and use the facilities under expert guidance and build up a personal network of professional contacts."

Find out what Trees4Future applicants thought about their visits.

TA Infrastructure of the month - FCBA Fungi and Insects Collections

The biology team includes 10 people: researchers and technicians with an entomology, mycology and wood backgrounds. The laboratory is involved in many research projects and networks on wood durability, wood preservation (International Research Group on Wood Protection), fungus and insect identification. The user can carry out observations on insects and fungi, and perform durability tests on pieces of wood; tests can be performed to evaluate the behaviour of a given piece of wood with respect to a particular fungi or insect.

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