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Ecological Genetics

The aim of genetic conservation, in addition to enhancing biodiversity , is to maintain the genetic diversity of tree species and shrub populations in order to be able to successfully react to biotic and abiotic stress factors in the long run. The preservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources is therefore of utmost priority. The overall goals are to maintain the location adaptation of indigenous forest tree populations developed as a result of migration and natural selection (preservation of adaptation) and to preserve the ability of these populations to adapt themselves permanently to environmental changes (preservation of adaptability).

Priority Areas of Work

  • Gene reserves (in situ)
  • Seed orchards (ex situ)
  • Conservation genetics (e.g. reproduction monitoring, minimum population size)