Forest genetic resources
Conserving forest genetic resources is vital. Genetic variation is the basis of evolution and the catalyst for species to adapt to changes in the environment. The forest genetic resources contained in the populations and genes of thousands of tree species globally is unique and irreplaceable.
When genetic variation is lost through habitat destruction or intensive breeding, successive generations are less adept at responding to adverse conditions such as atmospheric pollution, climate change, pests and disease.
Dr. Jarkko Koskela