Forest in the lab

What is forest genetic monitoring? How can it be applied throughout Europe? Bernd Degen, one of the partners in the FORGER project, responds to these questions and walks us through laboratories of Thünen Institute where tree samples are examined.

How will FORGER make a difference

Scientists involved in the project explain how FORGER will contribute to the management of data on forest genetic resources and how it will change the current forest management situation in Europe.

Making the FORGER results travel

Thomas Geburek describes the work on forest reproductive material his team is carrying out. He also discusses how to ensure that the FORGER results are uptaken by policymakers and relevant stakeholders in Europe.

Integrating knowledge on forest genetic resources

Katri Karkkainen of METLA, Finland, explains how the project will analyze and improve the existing inventories on forest genetic resources.

Interviews from the kick-off meeting in Wageningen in March 2012

Annette Schneegans, European Commission

Annette Schneegans explains why the FORGER project was selected for funding, what will be the main challenges in its implementation and her recommendations.


Anette Schneegans



Koen Kramer, Alterra, The Netherlands

The coordinator of FORGER introduces the objectives of the project and the expected outputs.



Koen Kramer



Giovanni Giuseppe Vendramin, National Research Council, Plant Genetic Institute, Florence, Italy

Giovanni Giuseppe Vendramin describes the contribution of his team to the project. The team will focus on innovative approaches in the use of molecular markers to monitor genetic diversity and understand adaptation processes in forest trees.

Giuseppe Vendramin



Bernd Degen, Institute of Forest Genetics, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut (vTI)

Bernd Degen describes the pilot study which will test  genetic monitoring protocols at the European scale. This effort will also prepare  European maps of genetic diversity for selected tree species. Finally, he explains how the research component that he leads will contribute to the development of more rigorous standards for the harvesting of forest reproductive material.

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