Forest genetics and biodiversity

The core areas of the department is biological and genetic diversity, forest tree breeding, and climatic adaptation and regeneration of forest

Important subjects and tasks are:


  • Biological diversity in forest – knowledge about species and their genetic structure and dynamics, which is needed for developing conservation strategies
  • Research and advice relating to woodland key habitat inventories (MiS), an important part of the environmental certification of forestry
  • Distribution ecology – understand impact of invasive species, fragmentation of habitats and the effects of climate change on biodiversity
  • Forest history – natural and human impacts on forests over the history and their implications for present and future forests
  • Forest tree breeding – improve climatic adaptation, growth and quality, and conserve the genetic variation of the forest trees
  • Genetic resources of forest trees – improve knowledge about genetic structure and apply this in conservation and management of the forest
  • Molecular ecology – use molecular and genomic tools to study evolutionary processes and adaptations
  • Epigenetics – understand the role of epigenetics in the climatic adaptation of forest trees, and the environmental cues needed for switching the regulation on and off
  • Regeneration – understand mechanisms for germination, survival and growth of forest trees
  • Plant production – improve knowledge about commercial production of forest plants, and about production of Christmas trees and greenery 
Flowering spruce. Photo: Arne Steffenrem / NIBIO