Forest Genetics and Diversity

In the research group we focus on conservation, management and domestication of trees and forests in the face of global change and increasing demand for high quality wood products, carbon storage and stable ecosystems. Our studies cover a diverse set of woody species from temperate, tropical and boreal climates from many genera.


In the Forest Genetics and Diversity research gruoup our studies cover a diverse set of woody species from temperate, tropical and boreal climates from many genera including: Abies, Acacia, Acer, Adansonia, Alnus, Betula, Carpinus, Castanea, Coffea, Corylus, Cratagus, Cytisus, Dalbergia, Eusideroxylon, Fagus, Fraxinus, Juglans, Larix, Malus, Parkia, Picea, Pinus, Prunus, Pseudotsuga, Quercus, Rosa, Sorbus, Tectona, Theobroma, Thuja, Tilia, Vitellaria, Ulmus.

Focus in our research is on fitness, adaptive and evolutionary processes, but also on economic and social values. We use a combination of in situ studies, common garden trials, genomic techniques, dendroecology and ecophysiology, while e-DNA is an important tool in our studies of biodiversity.

In recent years, our research has expanded to detailed studies of host-pathogen-pest interactions and the effects of the microbiome on the health and stability of trees. Novel methods based on use of drones and deep learning are being tested for more effective phenotyping, while new techniques for DNA sequencing and data analysis are being implemented in our genomic studies.

Together with national and international partners across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, we implement a wide range of projects from timber and Christmas tree breeding to interdisciplinary projects in cooperation with forest and landscape historians, ecologists and social scientists. Climate change adaptation and mitigation are integrated components in most of the projects.


Our projects vary in spatial and temporal scale and in the level of interactions among flora, fauna and fungi. The research group manages a large number of field trials and the Hørsholm Arboretum ( utilized for teaching and research.

On-going projects involve activities in Scandinavia, but also in several African and Asian countries. Many projects involve international cooperation with scientists from Europe, US, Africa or Asia.











Members of the Research Group

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Lene Hasmark Andersen Laboratory Technician +4535331838 E-mail

Thesis Students

Louise Friis Klamer Martina Stoop Mia Lodahl Madsen Mikkel Gantzler
Melissa Maria Wannenmacher Stefanie Breder

Head of Research Group

Erik Dahl KjærErik Dahl Kjær
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+45 21 41 92 12