Institute of

Wood Research


Michaela Höner

Institut für Holzforschung


Leuschnerstraße 91

21031 Hamburg-Bergedorf

Phone: +49 40 73962 601



Office Barsbüttel


Haidkrugsweg 1

22885 Barsbüttel

Phone: +49 40 822459 101

Fax: +49 40 822459 199

The Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber

The competence centre is a central contact facility for government agencies, the timber trade, consumers and associations to verify the species of wood and/or wood products and their origin. The competence centre is able to determine wood samples accurately at the genus or species level and can check claims on the geographical origin of an increasing number of tree types. 

The experts at the Thünen Centre of Competence cooperate internationally with other scientific facilities and are developing partnerships in the appropriate countries.

The Centre of Competence combines the expertise of the three Thünen Institutes of Wood Research, Forest Genetics, and International Forestry and Forest Economics, responsible for wood identification, proof of origin, certification and timber trade structures.

More informations:

GTTN-DataAnalysisGuide (pdf Datei: 6,1 MB)

Thünen-Ratgeber: Holz und Holzprodukte legal handeln (pdf Datei:1,2 MB)

Flyer: Thünen Centre of Competence (PDF)

Hompage: The Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber

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