Forest Genetic Resources

Genetic variation enables forests to adapt to future environmental and climate conditions. The main objective for genetic resource management of forest trees is to safeguard genetic variation in natural populations. It is also important to secure genetic resources for tree breeding, and specifically for the development of climate-adapted plants and plants with special usage properties.

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GENETIC VARIATION AND GENETIC RESOURCES

The traits of plants and animals are determined by their heritage and environment. Inherited traits are determined by genes contained within their DNA.

- Genetic variation refers to the differences in DNA/genes between individuals and/or populations, and is a prerequisite for both evolution and the refinement and development of new varieties and breeds. Genetic variation is an important part of biological diversity.

- Genetic resources can be defined as biological materials with genetic variation or genetic traits that could be significant for development and targeted use. Seeds, plants, sperm, and animals are examples of genetic resources.