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.
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.
1.2014 - 4.2019
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
Von: Jörg Schröder (Thünen-Instituts für Forstgenetik, Waldsieversdorf)
Volker Schneck (Thünen-Instituts für Forstgenetik, Waldsieversdorf)
Mirko Liesebach (Thünen-Institut für Forstgenetik, Großhansdorf)