Farm forestry has increased in importance over the last twenty years, resulting in a demand for knowledge and solutions at farm level.
Teagasc has responded to this increasing demand by expanding its forestry research programme and resources. There are currently several forestry researchers and forestry technicians dedicated to the forestry research programme. It covers research on silviculture, tree improvement and quantification of forest materials to optimise market outlets and is based at Teagasc, Athenry; Teagasc, Ashtown and Teagasc, Kinsealy.
In addition, the Teagasc forestry development officers are instrumental in facilitating the research programme by interacting with land owners and identification of local resources and problems. The majority of the research is conducted in privately owned farm forestry plantations.
Current forestry research projects
- Development of ash tree genetic resources with resistance to ash dieback (Chalara) and breeding technologies
- ShortFor Project
- Irish Birch and Alder Improvement Programme
- AgroCop - Innovative agroforestry systems with short rotation coppice (AF-SRC)
- Potential of Minor Conifer Species
- ForecastModel Project
- WINDRISK Project
- Improving ash and sycamore
- Forest Productivity and Management (including Conference Proceedings)
Past forestry research projects
- Broadleaf Silviculture Research and Development
- CLUSTER Project
- SUPPLYCHIP Project
- Conservation and characterisation of Irish willows
- Broadform project
- Co-ordination of tree breeding in Europe
- Identifying the scale of suspected hybrid ash in Ireland - "brown bud ash"
- Ash - growth related factors identified
- Formative shaping of broadleaves
- Reducing windthrow losses in farm forestry
- Farm forestry: land availability, take-up rates and economics
You can also contact the relevant forestry researchers for further information.