About Us

The organisations, people, infrastructure

The ForGen programme is a large and integrated collaborative programme of research involving the University College Dublin, Coillte, the National Botanic Gardens, Teagasc and several experienced research consultants. It addresses tree improvement efforts in both broadleaf and conifer species through the selection and propagation of superior individuals using breeding, propagation, and storage techniques with the aim of improving the productivity and quality of selected species.

Various methods are being explored to predict good seed crops, deal with the impact of climate change and develop a framework for future tree breeding efforts. The FORGEN programme is also developing a strategy for a national forest tree gene conservation programme.