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February 2014

Welcome to the Trees4Future newsletter!

Mid-term review: Trees4Future makes good progress

The review of the first 18 months of the Trees4Future project has concluded that the project is making good progress. The EU review and evaluation focused on the plans, roadmaps and start-up activities carried out in the initial phase of the project.
The review found that Trees4Future is well on its way to integrating, improving, facilitating and providing common access for the research community to infrastructures concerning tree breeding, forest management, climate and the environment. Trees4Future’s Transnational Access programme, which has seen over 30 visits by researchers to facilities in its first 18 months of operation was also praised. The review recommended that the project focused on interactions with private sector stakeholders and policy makers in its last two years, for example encouraging applications from outside the academic research community to the Transnational Access programme.
Dr Luc Pâques, Coordinator of Trees4Future said: “This Trees4Future year has been rich and progress in our different tasks and activities is getting now more sound and visible. I'd like to thank all partners for their efforts to reinforce our network, open access to research infrastructures and make good progress in the many tasks.”

Remembering Manfred Schwanninger

"It is with sadness that we learned that Manfred Schwanninger passed away in late 2013. On behalf of Trees4Future participants, I’d like to address to his family, to his BOKU colleagues and friends our sincere condolences.
Manfred Schwanninger (back row, 2nd from right) at the Trees4Future NIRS workshop in Lisbon, July 2013
Manfred was expert in the field of wood chemistry and a leader in Europe and beyond in infrared spectroscopy applied to wood. He was a key-stone in Work Package 11 of the Trees4Future project where he was very active and dedicated on issues related to NIRS. Manfred was together a brilliant scientist and a humble person, always ready to help. We will all remember his interrogating smile and his kindness.
For sure, the scientific community will miss him, as will his close BOKU and international colleagues, and friends."
Dr Luc Pâques, Coordinator of Trees4Future

Stakeholders debated the contribution of trees to the bio-economy

Trees4Future stakeholders met in Nancy on 24 September to discuss the contribution that trees can make to the green bio-economy, and how research, technology development and innovation (RTDI) in the forestry sector can be better implemented.
Three sessions focused on:
  • The European RTDI agendas for the green bio-economy
  • From research to business – how new tools and innovations can create added value
  • Trees contributing to the green bio-economy
Johan Elvnert, Manager of FTP spoke about the RTDI agenda of the forest-based sector, and the work carried out by the Forest Technology Platform with the whole wood value chain. “Collaboration, research and innovation are needed to create a better future”, he said.
The audience heard from Kimmo Järvinen, Secretary General of the European Organisation of the Sawmilling Industry, who spoke about industry’s needs in relation to innovation, and how the woodworking industry can contribute to the green bio-economy.
The seminar also focused on the work of the Trees4Future project in providing infrastructures, models and tools which can increase the impact of innovation. There were interactive discussions with speakers and the audience on the challenges facing forest research in the fields of genetics and genomics. Participants discussed how the impact of genetics and genomics innovation can be increased, how access to innovative tools can be improved, and the need for support for interdisciplinary integration and training.
One of the innovative tools being developed by the Trees4Future project was demonstrated by Duncan Ray from Forest Research UK. For any given site, the climate matching tool shows where climates are similar today across the world, and what might happen to the site in future under different climate models. The tool aims to promote information, knowledge and a societal understanding of changes in the suitability of tree species and provenance across Europe.
More information and presentations from the event

Recent Trees4Future presentations

Your gateway to forest research facilities in Europe: gain free access to Trees4Future forest research infrastructures!

Take advantage of the expertise, services and data offered by Trees4Future – free of charge!
Read feedback from some of our visitors.
European researchers and other experts can gain free access to a wide range of specialised forest research infrastructures, from the molecular to the forest landscape level. The 28 facilities on offer across Europe include genetic databanks, biobanks, models and decision-support systems and laboratories.
Apply now! Successful applicants will receive a contribution of up to 450€ to their travel costs and a daily subsistence allowance for visiting and using the facilities under expert guidance. Free access is also provided to several online databases.
For more information on the facilities offered, the Call for Access and how to apply, please visit www.trees4future.eu/transnational-accesses.html

Spotlight on Trees4Future facilities

The CNR-IVALSA – Trees and Timber Institute wood quality lab contains several unique measurement devices. The core equipment includes infrared spectrometers: FT-NIR Bruker Vector 22n with fiber optic probe and FT-MIR-ATR Bruker Alpha with ZnSe and diamond probes. Time, thermal or moisture dependent serial analyses are possible.

What does the TA programme offer? 15 days of access; preparing specimens; training and measuring samples; data process and mining; available database exploitation; results and report
IBL In vitro plant breeding: The Laboratory of Tissue Culture is a part of the Department of Silviculture and Genetics of the Polish Forest Research Institute and works on micropropagation by organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis of broadleaved species (Prunus avium and Betula spp.) It is also ready to work with other species: Populus tremula x tremuloides, Daphne cneorum, Prunus fruticosa, Picea abies, Larix decidua. Somatic embryogenesis: Picea abies, Larix decidua, Abies alba.

What does the TA programme offer? research stays from three weeks to 3 months; training on laboratory equipment and protocols
The FEM Sequencing and Genotyping Platform has two core facilities: a DNA sequencing facility that includes 36 and 96 capillary DNA analyzer by Lifetchnologies and a next generation sequencing platform GS FLX+ by Roche; and a genotyping facility that includes an iScan by Illumina, two LC480 by Roche and a ViiA7 by Lifetechnologies.

What does the TA programme offer? 3-5 day visit; experimental design support; training on lab equipment and protocols
More details, and how to apply for a visit
Photo credits: Rach Colling, EFI