EVOLution of TREEs as drivers
of terrestrial biodiversity

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Make the most of four EVOLTREE funding initiatives for your research


Databases in the eLab containing genetic, genomic and ecological information about genes, genome sequences, and natural experimental plantations.

Intensive Study Sites - large scale ecosystem plots to be used for genotyping and phenotyping studies. Travel grants available!


Resource-management for whole organisms, DNA samples, BACs, genes, etc at the PICME Repository Centre


EVOLTREE: Another 4-year period approved, with a focus on the enrolment of young researchers and our increased visibility


EVOLTREE Network members met in Alghero (Italy) from 25-27 September for the organization of its 2017 Governing Board

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“Wood first” takes a back seat in Sardinia


A scientific seminar at the Annual Conference of the European Forest Institute in Alghero (Sardinia, Italy) heard about the importance of generating forestry investments that can help to protect the forests so that they can continue to supply ecosystem services.

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Exploring new approaches to tree breeding and conservation


Forests — and those who depend on them — face unprecedented challenges from climate change. Preparing for and adapting to these challenges, for example with tree breeding programmes and conservation efforts, can be enhanced by techniques in molecular biology.

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TreeType: collecting tree phenotypes in the field

Help the TreeType project take off by collecting data on the project spearhead species!
TreeType aims at collecting phenotypic data in natural populations of forest trees and is open to everybody, from citizens to forest researchers and managers.


TreeType aims at collecting phenotypic data in natural populations of forest trees and is open to everybody, from citizens to forest researchers and managers.

Although the project is open to all European forest trees, we have started to collect data on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L) and pedunculate and sessile oaks (Quercus robur and Quercus petraea), with the objective of using them as the project spearhead.

The project has no funding and relies on the generous contribution of participants, but it has established as mid-term goal (one or two years) the production of both a scientific publication and a database release co-authored by all contributors.

Take some minutes to have a look at the
protocols for the Scots pine on the TreeType website.

The ‘standard’ protocol is oriented towards citizens without particular forestry or biology training while the ‘advanced’ protocol assumes some more specific training. The protocols for the oaks will be available shortly.

We would be very happy if you would like to contribute to the TreeType initiative! Every tree is important and thus we will be pleased to accept any contributions, including data from single trees, but please consider phenotyping a minimum of 20 trees of any of the above mentioned species.

For any additional questions, please contact Stephen Cavers (CEH, scav @ ceh.ac.uk) or Santiago C. González-Martínez (INRA, santiago.gonzalez-martinez @ pierroton.inra.fr).

Start collecting data now!

Go to the TreeType Website


Funding Initiatives

As EVOLTREE member you can make the most of our funding initiatives: training expense reimbursement, conference grants and ISS mobility grants.


eLab Services

The eLab provides a search interface which can browse over all databases currently available within the EVOLTREE project.



Many scientific events take place every year - make the most of a grant to cover your expenses for your participation in such events in 2017!



EVOLTREE organises different training courses on different topics. Financial support is available for participants from EVOLTREE partner organisations.