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Characterising Forest Genetic Resources

Start date: 01/03/2011 > Completion date: 12/31/2015

General information about the project/initiative

Name of the Project/Initiative: Characterising Forest Genetic Resources
Acronym: FORGEN

General information about the organisation

Name: National Botanic Gardens of Ireland
City: Dublin
Post Code: D9
Country: Ireland

Contact details of the person responsible for the project/initiative:

Name: Colin Kelleher
Phone number: 01-8040300

Description of the project/initiative

Domains covered by the project/initiative:

  • Forest genetic resources (FGR)

Number of partners: 4
Scope of the project: National
Initial motivation for starting the project/initiative: Lack of current knowledge of genetic resources in Irish woodlands/forests.

Actions which describe the project – Actions are ranked from 1 to 10

Generating information (phenotyping, genotyping, etc.) 2
Improving methodology (improving all the above, standardising, etc.) 3
Scientific research (analysing diversity, finding traits, etc.) 1

Budget and funding

National government: 100%

Expected outcomes and communication


Increase knowledge X
Improve/conserve genetic resource materials X
Scientific community X
Genetic resources conservation community X


Policy makers X
Users of genetic resources such as breeders, farmers, industry X

Project/initiative to lead to the initiation of further projects/initiatives

– We are linking with other European partners to extend the research.

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