B4EST is an EU-funded H2020 project which focuses on adaptive breeding for productive, sustainable and resilient forests under climate change.
Climate change can increase forest vulnerability to damage and disease, reduce forest health and productivity, and cause economic losses. B4EST’s goal is to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under these circumstances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions, and fostering a competitive EU bio-based economy. B4EST aims to provide forest tree breeders, forest owners, managers and policy makers with better scientific knowledge to deal with these issues.
Full project title: Adaptive BREEDING for productive, sustainable and resilient FORESTs under climate change
Duration: 48 months
Budget: € 6 478 662 (EC grant: € 6 000 000)
Partners: INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE | FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY | INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA | STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT – SKOGFORSK | LUONNONVARAKESKUS | EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE | UPPSALA UNIVERSITET | OULUN YLIOPISTO | SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET | CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE | NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL | STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH | CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT – C.I.R.A.D. EPIC | CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L’ANALISI DELL’ECONOMIA AGRARIA |NIBIO – NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI |UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III | Finsilva Oyj |Altri florestal, SA | INRA TRANSFERT S.A.
Keywords : Breeding, sustainability, new genotypes, adaptation profiles, genomic selection, deployment, tools for end-users, bioeconomy, forest management, biotic/abiotic risks, genetic resources, wood production