About us​​

MULTIFOREVER is a scientific project combining expertise in tree breeding and biotechnologies of 6 teams from 6 countries.
The project intends to provide efficient vegetative propagation for major conifer species in EU and Argentina to allow the deployment of improved varieties in plantations, a strategy called multi-varietal forestry

Who we are:

  • We are a group of European & Argentinian scientists federated since 2008 within the IUFRO Working Party 2.09.02 (somatic embryogenesis and other vegetative propagation technologies) and further joined in the transnational ForestValue 3-year-project MULTIFOREVER (2019-2022).
  • Team members are having a long-standing focus on the development of somatic embryogenesis in conifers: This vegetative propagation technology has the striking ability to multiply and mimic in vitro the natural development of embryos within seed.
  •  All partner organizations are renowned research institutions in their respective country covering a wide range of forest research disciplines from genetics and silviculture to bioeconomy, environment and societal issues.
  • The project is coordinated by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB, Germany) and supportet by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

Transnational cooperation
& Scientific partners

Combining our expertise in conifer somatic embryogenesis, we will be able to share experience, achievements and materials useful to tackle still unresolved issues to refine the process. Cooperation should also enable a faster transfer of technologies from EU to Argentina.

Our Consortium


Luke SE research team: Technician Kaija Porkka, researcher Jaanika Edesi, researcher Mikko Tikkinen, researcher Saila Varis, principle researcher Tuija Aronen, researcher Sakari Välimäki, technician Paula Matikainen and technician Airi Huttunen (from left to right).


NEIKER SE research team:


HUB SE research team:


INRAE SE research team:


SLU SE research team:


INTA SE research team:


Commitments for practical-oriented and communication activities to promote multi-varietal forestry as an essential component of sustainable forestry were obtained from a number of forestry organizations in 5 countries:


Foresty cooperative

Tree nursery


Tree breeding institution

Tree nursery


Forestry association

Timber and forestal agrobusiness


Forest industries federation


Forestry & timber association


Project MULTIFOREVER is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ‘ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy’ by ANR (FR), FNR (DE), MINCyT (AR), MINECO-AEI (ES), MMM (FI) and VINNOVA (SE). ForestValue has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°773324.

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