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Gerry Douglas

Research Officer

Research Interests

  • Genetic improvement of broadleaved tree species for forestry
  • Developing technologies for large scale deployment of improved material via vegetative propagation and seed orchards and its demonstration in conventional forest and agroforestry systems
  • Molecular methods for characterisation of breeding material, species, provenances, populations and putative hybrids of ash (Fraxinus) and other tree species
  • Mutation breeding of ornamental shrubs and trees

Current Projects


  • PhD in Cell Biology "Somatic and Sexual Hybridisation in Nicotiana". Carleton University Ottawa, Canada. Research undertaken at Agriculture Canada
  • Higher Diploma in Education. National University Ireland
  • B. Agr. Science (Hort). University College Dublin, Ireland

Contracts and affiliations

  • Coordinator of European Commission projects: EC ECLAIR programme EC No. 0062 Feb. 1991-1995 and EC Fifth Framework project CT 00631, 2001-2004.
  • Coordinator/contractor several projects funded by COFORD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (propagation, genetic diversity, hybridisation, conservation) on ash, oak, elm and wild cherry. Currently 'New Forest Management Research to enhance productivity and pest and disease resistance in key forest species' 2016-2020.
  • Teagasc partner in the EC networking project on tree breeding TREEBREEDEX and FPS COST Actions FP1103 FRAXBACK 2012-2016 and COST E42 Growing Valuable Broadleaves 2006-2009. 
  • Partner in the British and Irish Hardwood Programme Future Tree Trust.
  • Research Associate with Trinity College Dublin since 2010. 
  • Member of the Forest Genetic Resources Group, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  • Editorial boards
    • "Scientia Horticulturae", 1988-2016 
    • "Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture – An International Journal on Biotechnology of Higher plants", 1990-2006

Additional details

Directions to his office: Ashtown Food Research Centre.