BIFoR aims to be an internationally leading Institute that will address two fundamental and interrelated challenges:
The impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands
The dynamic response of forests to environmental change, including climate change, is only partially understood. To increase understanding, in 2016 we built a Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment, set in mature, unmanaged, temperate woodland.
The resilience of trees to invasive pests and diseases
We will address: tree defence, susceptibility and resistance under current and future climatic and environmental scenarios; disease systematics and diagnostics; genomic, metabolomic and bioinformatic tools for discovery of biomarkers of toxicity that are predictive of whole plant disease; disease epidemiology and modelling; invasiveness; methods of control, containment and mitigation; and, from a broader systems perspective, innovative approaches to manage risks to forest health. To find out more about our lab-based research click here.