Head of Unit

Dr. Mirko Liesebach

Sieker Landstraße 2

22927 Großhansdorf

Telefon +49 4102 696 156

Fax +49 4102 696 200

e-Mail: mirko.liesebach@  thuenen.de




Procurement of highly-productive and suitable forest reproductive material for future forests under climate change

Timber is an important raw material with the positive property of sequestering carbon dioxide (CO2). The joint project lays the foundation for a sustainable supply of markets with high-quality forest reproductive material (FRM). FRM needs to show a sufficient genetic diversity, in order to secure productivity in stable and adaptable stands, even under novel conditions due to a changing climate. Apart from an increased productivity (carbon sequestration) the project also aims at enhancing wood-quality. This is a precondition for a cascade utilization of timber, which means that it is used one or several times materially before it is used for energy generation.

Background and Objective

Within the subproject the work on the species Douglas-fir and Scots pine will be coordinated, including a joint analysis of long-term field trial data. Plus trees of Douglas-fir, Norway spruce, Scots pine, larch, oak and sycamore maple will be selected in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and on test sites of the Thünen-Institute, and subsequently reproduced and bred. Single tree progeny testing of Scots pine will be initiated. Another focal point of the project is the accompanying genetic investigation of plus trees and stands of Douglas-fir.


This aim can be achieved on the basis of joint, inter-institutional analyses of data from long-term field trials. Valuable information for the revision of provenance recommendation and for the establishment of breeding zones can be obtained from such analyses. Furthermore, the selection of plus trees and their subsequent reproduction for the establishment of seed orchards can be based on such information. Forest owners, forestry enterprises, decision-makers and multipliers will be informed via a new web portal. Synergies and the remaining capacities in the field of forest tree breeding will be used efficiently due to the intensive networking of the partners in the joint project.


Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • Federal Ministry of Food und Agriculture (BMEL)
    (national, öffentlich)


1.2014 - 4.2019

More Information

Projekt type:
Project funding number: 28W-B-4-007-04
Funding program: Waldklimafonds (Programmbestandteil des Sondervermögens Energie- und Klimafonds)
Project status: ongoing

Stärkung der Nutzfunktion durch Forstpflanzenzüchtung
Sorge: Hoffnungsvolle Entwicklungslinien könnten frühzeitig abgebrochen werden
(Holz-Zentralblatt 2017/4)

Von: Jörg Schröder (Thünen-Instituts für Forstgenetik, Waldsieversdorf)      
Volker Schneck (Thünen-Instituts für Forstgenetik, Waldsieversdorf)       
Mirko Liesebach (Thünen-Institut für Forstgenetik, Großhansdorf)


hits: 9

  1. Liesebach M, Schneck V (2018) The German forest tree breeding concept - the base for new seed orchards. Thünen Rep 62:41-48
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 7372 kb
  2. Liesebach M, Schneck V (2017) Die Traubeneiche und ihre Herkünfte (Teil 1). Forstzeitung 128(6):16-17
  3. Liesebach M, Schneck V (2017) Die Traubeneiche und ihre Herkünfte (Teil 2). Forstzeitung(7):18-19
  4. Schröder J, Schneck V, Liesebach M (2017) Stärkung der Nutzfunktion durch Forstpflanzenzüchtung. Holz Zentralbl 143(4):109
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 4552 kb
  5. Janßen A, Konnert M, Liesebach M, Meißner M, Wolf H (2017) Waldklimafonds unterstützt Forstpflanzenzüchtung. AFZ Wald 72(10):15-16
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 207 kb
  6. Liesebach M, Schneck V (2016) Ist die Einteilung der forstlichen Herkunftsgebiete in Deutschland noch zeitgemäß? Thünen Rep 45:15-20
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 1294 kb
  7. Liepe KJ, Schröder J, Wojacki J (2015) Neue Perspektiven der Züchtung für Douglasie und Waldkiefer. AFZ Wald 70(11):27-29
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 180 kb
  8. Meißner M, Janßen A, Konnert M, Liesebach M, Wolf H (2015) Vermehrungsgut für klima- und standortgerechten Wald. AFZ Wald 70(11):24-26
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 380 kb
  9. Liesebach M, Degen B, Grotehusmann H, Janßen A, Konnert M, Rau H-M, Schirmer R, Schneck D, Schneck V, Steiner W, Wolf H (2013) Strategie zur mittel- und langfristigen Versorgung mit hochwertigem forstlichem Vermehrungsgut durch Züchtung in Deutschland. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 78 p, Thünen Rep 7, DOI:10.3220/REP_7_2013
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 6189 kb