The research group investigates the impacts of natural and anthropogenic environmental factors on the genetic diversity of tree and shrub populations and their associated organisms. One research focus is formed by studies on the impacts of global change, forest management and stand fragmentation. Among these are studies that use genetic forest monitoring approaches. Research results contribute to forest management recommendations aiming at maintaining and increasing forest ecosystem stability and adaptability. They, in addition, contribute to the development of conservation strategies for threatened tree and shrub species. Research focuses furthermore on the identification of the geographic origin of timber, wood products and seed lots, as well as the employment of genetic markers for species identification. Main goals are the development of national and international certifying and timber tracking systems that assure the sustainable use of natural forests and the protection of economically valuable woody species.