EVOLution of TREEs as drivers
of terrestrial biodiversity

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This page contains some useful links to other projects dealing with similar research questions to the EVOLTREE project.

This page contains some useful links to other projects dealing with similar research questions to the EVOLTREE project.


Trees4Future is an Integrative European Research Infrastructure project that aims to integrate, develop and improve major forest genetics and forestry research infrastructures. It will provide the wider European forestry research community with easy and comprehensive access to currently scattered sources of information (including genetic databanks, forest modelling tools and wood technology labs) and expertise.

This will help forestry researchers and the European forestry sector to respond, in a sustainable manner, to increasing demands for wood products and services in a context of genetic adaptation and changing climatic conditions. It will create a new and better linked research infrastructure which will increase our knowledge about the adaptation of forests to climate change and tree characteristics suited for tailor-made wood supply - thus optimising the short- and long-term exploitation of forest resources.

Further information can be found on the Trees4Future website.


EUFGIS (Establishment of a European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources) started its activities to strengthen documentation work in the area of forest genetic resources.

EUFGIS is one of the actions supported by the European Commission under the Council Regulation (No 870/2004) on genetic resources in agriculture. It is coordinated by Bioversity International and has six other participating partners. The project will run until 30 September 2010.

EUFGIS aims at establishing a Web-based information system to serve as a documentation platform for national FGR inventories and to support practical implementation of gene conservation and sustainable forest management in Europe.

The project will create a network of national focal persons in European countries to provide updated data for the information system once it has been established. Before the information system can be developed, the major effort is to harmonize minimum requirements for dynamic gene conservation units of forest trees and develop common information standards for these units at pan-European level. The project will also provide training on FGR documentation to national focal persons.

Further information can be found on the EUFGIS website.


The European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN) is a collaborative mechanism among European countries to promote conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources.

The Programme was established in October 1994 to implement Strasbourg Resolution S2 (Conservation of forest genetic resources) of the first Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE), held in France in 1990.

Phase III (2005-2009) of EUFORGEN started in January 2005 and it focuses on promoting appropriate use of forest genetic resources as an integral part of sustainable forest management. Thus, EUFORGEN also contributes to the implementation of Vienna Resolution 4 (Conserving and enhancing forest biological diversity in Europe), adopted by the fourth MCPFE Conference in Austria in 2003.

EUFORGEN is financed by its member countries and coordinated by Bioversity International in technical collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The EUFORGEN Steering Committee is composed of National Coordinators nominated by all member countries and it is overseeing of the Programme, following the mandate given by the MCPFE process.

Further information can be found on the EUFORGEN website.


Promoting a functional and comparative understanding of the conifer genome-implementing applied aspects for more productive and adapted forests.

The main goal of this project is to develop an integrative and multidisciplinary genomic research in conifers, using high-throughput platforms for sequencing, genotyping and functional analysis, to unravel genome organization and identification of genes and gene networks controlling important ecological and economic traits, such as those related to the control and the reduction of climatic change impact in relation to growth, drought and cold stress.

ProCoGen will endeavour to integrate the outcomes of other international initiatives especially from America (Pinus taeda), Sweden (Picea abies) and Canada (Picea glauca, P. sitchensis, P. mariana) and focus its research efforts on model tree species representing two pine sub-famililes, from different European regions, of high economic importance:

Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster, Atlantic and Mediterranean Europe), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris, Central and Northern Europe), Norway spruce (Picea abies, Central and Northern Europe), Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) of high economic interest in UK

Further information can be found on the ProCoGen website.


Towards the Sustainable Management of Forest Genetic Resources in Europe

Forest genetic resources (FGR) form the base for adaptation of European forests to future environmental conditions and societal demands. Appropriate use and sustainable management of FGR is therefore of utmost importance.

The FORGER project aims at integrating and extending existing knowledge to provide science-based recommendations on the management and sustainable use of FGR for EU-policy makers, national stakeholders, forest managers, and managers of natural areas.

Further information can be found on the FORGER website.

Funding Initiatives

Funding is available for EVOLTREE members: training expense reimbursement, conference grants and project grants


eLab Services

The eLab provides a search interface which can browse over all databases currently available within the EVOLTREE project.



Scientific events of interest to the EVOLTREE community are listed here. Conference grants are available to cover expenses



EVOLTREE organises different training courses on different topics. Financial support is available for participants from EVOLTREE partner organisations.