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Forestry Research

Teagasc research focuses on the management of broadleaves and conifers, tree improvement, site classification and forest policy.

Teagasc forestry research covers many aspects of the life cycle of a forest from seedling to sawdust. Research is carried out in Teagasc research centres in state-of-the-art laboratories and growing facilities and on privately owned farm forests throughout Ireland.

Teagasc strives to deliver science-based innovation, significantly benefiting our advisory and training services. It allows for rapid and effective knowledge transfer. 

Overview of current Teagasc forestry research projects:

Tree Breeding / Genetics

  • Ash resistance to ash dieback - Development of ash tree genetic resources with resistance to ash dieback 
  • Irish Birch and Alder Improvement Programme - Improving the genetic quality of native birch and alder
  • Fit Forests Project - The response of tree species to climate change
  • GENESIS Project - Genomic evaluation for the sustainable improvement of Sitka spruce
  • BroadGen Project - Studying the genetic diversity and resilience of commercially important broadleaved tree species in Ireland
  • ExAl Project - Exploring the microbiome of alder trees and its associated rhizosphere to identify potential bio-agents and improve disease tolerance against the root rot pathogen Phytophthora alni.
  • ADAPTForRes Research Project - Adaptation, mitigation and protection strategies to increase resilience of Irish forests to impacts of climate change.
  • ElmAsh Research Project - Investigating rapid multiplication techniques and the microbiome of Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), along with the genetic conservation of Wych elm (Ulmus glabra) to breed disease-resistant genotypes. 

Silviculture / Management


Overview of past Teagasc forestry research projects



  • Contact the relevant Forestry Research Staff for further information.

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