New methods for forest pathology diagnosis

The main area of activity for the forest pathology and genetics laboratory is the scientific and applied study of diseases affecting forests, using modern microbiological and molecular methods (DNA).

DNA methods allow for more precise and rapid identification of internationally known pathogens. In today’s globalizing economy, there are greater risks that trees and timber will spread dangerous forest pathogens. Economically, it is very important to identify pathogens in nurseries, forest and imported materials.

In forests damaged by disease, DNA methods can be harnessed to study how the fungal pathogen populations take shape, find the causes of outbreaks of diseases, forecast the course of epidemics and find ways of mitigating damage.

The lab provides a way of studying the diversity of a forest’s genetic resources and verify the origin and condition of reproduced vegetable matter.

The renovated lab enables domestic and international development leaps in the field of forest pathology and genetics. The lab’s work conditions and modern fittings make it possible to increase the share of applied research and improve the quality of research. The greater our knowledge, the more skilfully we can protect and manage forests.