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Adaptive BREEDING for productive, sustainable and resilient FORESTs under climate change (B4EST)


B4EST is a H2020 project aiming at increasing 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 supports forest tree breeders, forest managers and owners, and policy makers by providing: 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 7) policy recommendations.

B4EST involves 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 to improve forests adaptation to climate change and reinforce the competitiveness of the EU forest-based sector.

Project information


Institut National de La Recherche Agronomique - France


Forestry Commission Research Agency (UK), Nstituto Nacional De Investigacion Y Tecnologia Agraria Y Alimentaria Oa Mp (Spain), Stiftelsen Skogsbrukets Forskningsinstitut – Skogforsk (Sweden), Luonnonvarakeskus (Finland), European Forest Institute (Finland), Uppsala Universitet (Sweden), Oulun Yliopisto (Finland), Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (Sweden), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), United Kingdom Research And Innovation (UK), Stichting Wageningen Research (Netherlands), Centre De Cooperation Internationale En Recherche Agronomique Pour Ledeveloppement - C.I.R.A.D. Epic (France), Consiglio Per La Ricerca In Agricoltura E L'analisi Dell'economia Agraria (Italy), Nibio - Norsk Institutt For Biookonomi (Norway), Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse Iii (France), Finsilva Oyj (Finland), Altri Florestal, Sa (Portugal), Inra Transfert S.A. (France)

Source of funding

H2020-EU. - Sustainable forestry -RIA - Research and Innovation action

Published in Climate-ADAPT Apr 03 2019   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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