Hungary Forest Research Institute

Hungary Forest Research Institute

The key task of forest research is the investigation of the ecological relations, evolution and growth, that is, the internal laws of the forest in order to determine the proper ways of disturbance. The permanent expansion of the many-sided role of the forest, the degradation of forest health condition observed in recent decades, changes of environmental conditions, such as climate change, require gradual exptension of basic, biological research. The Forest Research Institute carries on its observations and experiments in so-called "forest laboratories", a country-wide sustainability network comprising hundreds of plots, at its experimental stations, and in the ecological and genetic laboratories operating at these stations. Besides, it has also an outstanding contribution to the maintenance of forest gene collections.

Key research areas:

  • Climate change, potential impacts and appropriate responses
  • Improvement of management methods based on natural processes
  • Activities in connection with the establishment and utilization of energy plantations