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Adaptive BREEDING for productive, sustainable and resilient FORESTs under climate change

Objective

The goal of B4EST is to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under climate change and natural disturbances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions, and fostering a competitive EU bio-based economy.
B4EST will provide forest tree breeders, forest managers and owners, and policy makers with: 1) better scientific knowledge on adaptation profiles and sustainable productivity, and added value of raw materials in important European tree species for forestry, 2) new and flexible adaptive tree breeding strategies, 3) tree genotypes of highly adaptive and economical value, 4) decision-support tools for the choice and use of Forest Reproductive Material (FRM) while balancing production, resilience and genetic diversity, including case studies developed with industrial partners, 5) integrative performance models to guide FRM deployment at stand and landscape level, 6) economic analyses of risks/benefits/costs, and 6) policy recommendations.
B4EST will capitalise on the resources developed by past and current EU projects to produce -together with tree breeders, forest managers and owners, and the industry- operational solutions to better adapt forests to climate change and reinforce the competitiveness of the EU forest-based sector.
To cover the geographical, economic and societal needs of forestry in the EU, B4EST will work with 8 (six native, two non-native) conifers and broadleaves with advanced breeding programmes (Norway spruce, Scots pine, maritime pine, poplars, Douglas-fir, eucalypts) or that are case studies of pest-threatened forests (ash) or valuable non-wood products (stone pine).
Our approach will result in a high degree of data and knowledge integration, involving multiple and new target traits and their trade-offs; genomic information; temporal and spatial assessments in a wide range of environments; stakeholder demands; and forest owner and manager risk perception and acceptability of new breeding strategies.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/forestry
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/health economics
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-BB-2017-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 259 651,25

Participants (18)

FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 311 348,75
Address
Alice Holt Lodge
GU10 4LH Farnham
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 405 425
Address
Carretera De La Coruna Km7.5
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT - SKOGFORSK
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 566 817
Address
Uppsala Science Park
75183 Uppsala
Activity type
Research Organisations
LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 391 937
Address
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Finland
EU contribution
€ 299 550
Address
Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu
Activity type
Other
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 186 450
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 192 650
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 293 450
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 288 150
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 192 150
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 187 148,75
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 350 550
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
EU contribution
€ 194 331,25
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 160 550
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FINSILVA OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 71 866
Address
Hallituskatu 1
33200 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALTRI FLORESTAL, SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 207 925
Address
Leirosa
3094 484 Marinha Das Ondas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 280 000
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)