Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei

The Thünen Institute drafts scientific basics as decision-making help for the policy of the German federal government and thus serves, with its application-oriented and practice-related research, the development of the society of tomorrow.

The TI will contribute by its Institute of Forest Genetics, which carries out research on genetics of indigenous and exotic tree and shrub species. It is focused on the conservation of forest genetic resources, methods of seed source and timber tracking, biodiversity of forest ecosystems, resistance, provenance research, tree breeding and bio-safety research for genetically modified forest plant species. The studies help to elaborate recommendations for national and international laws, conventions and strategies in the area of forest reproductive material, biological diversity, control of origin for timber and forest reproductive material, conservation of forest genetic resources, genetic engineering, adaptation to climate change and optimisation of biomass production.