Dendrology and forest genetic resources

Subject description

Paleobotany, paleoecology, philogeny and biogeography of important tree families, genera and species, genetic aspects of the evolution, evolutionary processes in natural populations of forest tree species and speciation, historical development of forests in the world and in Slovenia. Gglacial refugia and postglacial spread of main tree species. Research of the populations of forest tree species: natural variation and adaptive potential of selected tree species, their importance and threatening factors, new findings in taxonomy.

The importance of forest genetic resources and their conservation. The impact of forest management on the genetic structure of populations of forest tree species, the importance of the conservation of genetic variation as imortant factor of the adaptive potential of the natural populations of forest trees. The design of contemporary forest tree breeding programmes. Biotechnology in forestry, its potential environmental impacts and their evaluation.

Plantations of forest tree species outside forest, problems of the introduction of non-nativ tree species. Invasive tree species, their impact on the ecosystem stability and the measures for their management.  

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Educational objectives include the upgrade of basic knowledge from the dendrology, forest genetics and conservation of forest genetic resources as well as the improvement of understanding ob basic mechanisms and processes in the forest management.

Candidates' competences include deepened knowledge from the area and the mastering of research methods. He is capable to upgrade the acquired basic knowledge and to link it with other research areas.

Teaching and learning methods

Selected chapters of certain contents (lectures or consultations), guided seminary, elaboration of seminary work and its defence, participation in the research work of a lecturer.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding: the candidate acquires the qualification for independent research work in the research area. He masters the contemporary research methods and the conduction of aplicative and basic research. He acquires the skills of academic presentations and the argumentation of his position. He also understands the techniques and the importance of linking of research, developmental and pedagogical work.

Basic sources and literature

– Briggs, D.E.G., 2003. Palaeobiology II. Oxford, Blackwell, 583 s.

– Eriksson, G., Ekberg, I., Clapham, D., 2006. An Introduction to Forest Genetics. Uppsala, 185 s.

– Geburek, T., Turok, J. (eds.), 2005. Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources in Europe. Arbora Publishers, 700 s.

– Roloff, A., et al, 1996-2014. Enzyklopädie der Holzgewächse: Handbuch und Atlas der Dendrologie. Wiley.


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