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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.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

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Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 259 651,25

Participants (19)

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FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 311 348,75

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 405 425

STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT - SKOGFORSK

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 566 817

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 391 937

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 299 550

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 186 450

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 192 650

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 293 450

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 288 150

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 160 050

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 192 150

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 187 148,75

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 350 550

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 194 331,25

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 160 550

FINSILVA OYJ

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 71 866

ALTRI FLORESTAL, SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 207 925

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 280 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773383

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 478 663,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 000 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France