Institute of

Forest Genetics

Secretariat Großhansdorf

Irene Joraszik

Sieker Landstraße 2
22927 Großhansdorf
Phone: +49 4102 696 0
Fax: +49 4102 696 200

Secretariat Waldsieversdorf

Dr. habil. Bernd Degen

Head of the Institute of Forest Genetics

Dr. habil. Bernd  Degen
Sieker Landstraße 2
22927 Großhansdorf
+49 4102 696 101
+49 4102 696 200

1987-1993: Study of forestry at Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany  

1993-1996: Doctorate at faculty of forestry at Georg-August-University Göttingen with doctoral thesis in forest genetics: ‘Modellgestützte Systemanalyse der Dynamik adaptiver Potentiale von Baumpopulationen’ (‘System analysis of the dynamics of adaptive potentials of tree populations by use of computer models’)  

10/1998 – 05/2004: Scientist and head of the forest genetic lab at INRA (INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE) in Kourou, French Guyana  

Since 06/2004: Director and Professor / Head of the Thuenen Institute of Forest Genetics, Germany  

12/2005: Habilitation at the Department of Biology at the University of Hamburg about the theme: “Studies on structure and dynamics of genetic variation of tree populations in temperate and tropical forests – contributions to a comparison”, Venia legendi for the area Applied Botany  

Since 2004: National coordinator of Germany for the European Network of Forest Genetic Resources (EUFORGEN) =>  

Since 2004: Editor in Chief of the international journal Silvae Genetica =>

Coordination and lead oft he following actual research projects:   ·        

  • Large scale project on genetic timber verification -(LargeScale); BMEL “Internationale nachhaltige Waldwirtschaft”, 10/2014-12/2017
  • DNA-basierte Arten- und Herkunftsbestimmung für Holz und Holzprodukte der Weißeichen -Sektion Quercus (DBU Weißeiche), Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, 10/2014-09/2016
  • Scientific support of the "Global Timber Tracking Networks (GTTN)", European Forest Institute (EFI), 11/2016-12/2019 

Participation in the following project

  • Genetic monitoring of beech and spruce in Germany to evaluate genetic adaptation to envirinmental conditions (GenMon), BMEL / BMUB "Waldklimafonds", 06/2016-09/2019


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  1. Meyer-Sand BRV, Blanc-Jolivet C, Mader M, Paredes-Villanueva K, Tysklind N, Sebbenn AM, Guichoux E, Degen B (2018) Development of a set of SNP markers for population genetics studies of Ipe (Handroanthus sp.), a valuable tree genus from Latin America. Conserv Genet Resources 10(4):779-781, DOI:10.1007/s12686-017-0928-5
  2. Blanc-Jolivet C, Kersten B, Bourland N, Guichoux E, Delcamp A, Doucet J-L, Degen B (2018) Development of nuclear SNP markers for the timber tracking of the African tree species Sapelli, Entandrophragma cylindricum. Conserv Genet Resources 10(3):539-541, DOI:10.1007/s12686-017-0872-4
  3. Schröder H, Kersten B, Yanbaev YA, Degen B (2018) DNA-marker sets for determination of white oaks (section Quercus) in wood products. Thünen Rep 62:107-112
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  4. Schröder H, Degen B (2018) Einsatz molekularer Marker zur Art- und Herkunftsbestimmung von Bäumen und Holz. Jb Baumpflege 22:261-266
  5. Blanc-Jolivet C, Yanbaev YA, Degen B (2018) Genetic timber tracking of Larix sp. in Eurasia. Thünen Rep 62:89-93
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  6. Kersten B, Mader M, Müller NA, Fladung M, Degen B, Liesebach M, Liesebach H (2018) Genome-wide scan for diagnostic markers for bud burst in beech. In: Di Filippo A, Madsen P, Matsui T, Pederson N, Piovesan G, Sagheb-Talebi K (eds) 11th International Beech Symposium "Natural and managed beech forests as reference ecosystems for the sustainable management of forest resources and the conservation of biodiversity", 18-21 September 2018 ; International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Group 1.01.07 - "Ecology and Silviculturae of Beech". Viterbo: IUFRO, p 14
  7. Schröder H, Kersten B, Degen B (2018) Herkunftsnachweis von Weißeichenproben innerhalb Europas. In: Ammer C, Bredemeier M, Arnim G von (eds) FowiTa : Forstwissenschaftliche Tagung 2018 Göttingen ; Programm & Abstracts ; 24. bis 26. September 2018. Göttingen: Univ Göttingen, Fakultät für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie, p 285
  8. Degen B, Schröder H, Blanc-Jolivet C, Yanbaev YA (2018) Twenty years German-Russian co-operation for genetic diversity in forests. Thünen Rep 62:69-72
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  9. Degen B, Schröder H, Tottewitz F (2018) Was frisst der Wolf? Genetische Analyse des Beutespektrums. In: Ammer C, Bredemeier M, Arnim G von (eds) FowiTa : Forstwissenschaftliche Tagung 2018 Göttingen ; Programm & Abstracts ; 24. bis 26. September 2018. Göttingen: Univ Göttingen, Fakultät für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie, p 86
  10. Degen B, Blanc-Jolivet C, Stierand K, Gillet E (2017) A nearest neighbour approach by genetic distance to the assignment of individual trees to geographic origin. Forensic Sci Int Genetics 27:132-141, DOI:10.1016/j.fsigen.2016.12.011

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