Optimizing the management and sustainable
use of forest genetic resources in Europe

Species

Betula pendula, one of the broadleaf species studied in the project. Credit: Fotolia

European forests are characterized by a relatively low number of economically valuable tree species with large distribution ranges covering different bioclimatic zones: Alpine, Atlantic, Boreal, Continental and Mediterranean. Local adaptation is widespread in tree populations throughout their distribution ranges, however, climate change poses a major challenge to sustainable forest management as the speed of change is likely to exceed the natural adaptive response potential of most species and populations.

The future of European forests, their resilience and adaptation, as well as their potential for sustaining ecosystem goods and services, depend greatly on the management and sustainable use of their genetic resources.

GenTree focuses on economically and ecologically important tree species in Europe, growing in a wide range of habitats and covering different societal uses and values. Below you will find the list of investigated species. By clicking on their names, you can access the related resources on EUFORGEN website

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