MULTIFOREVER is a scientific project combining expertise in tree breeding and biotechnologies of 7 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.
Transnational cooperation & Scientific partners
Our target vegetative propagation technology in conifer, somatic embryogenesis, has the striking ability to multiply and mimic in vitro the natural development of embryos within seed.
Team members are having a long-standing focus on the development of somatic embryogenesis, collaborating within the IUFRO Unit 2.09.02 since 2008 and further joined in this 3-year (2019-2022) ForestValue project.
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 co-coordinated by FCBA, the French Industrial Technical Centre dedicated to reinforcing the industrial competitiveness of the forest-wood sectors and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB, Germany).
MULTIFOREVER was initiated considering:
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.
IUFRO 2.09.02 (Coord.)
Somatic embryogenesis & other vegetative propagation technologies.
700 members worldwide.
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:
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.
Luke SE research group: 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 group: Paloma Moncaleán, Maiara Marqués, Alejandra Rojas, Catia Pereira, Ander Castander e Itziar Montalbán (from left to right).
Introduction of new Kasvu1 technology platform for vegetative propagation of forest trees.
FCBA biotech research group: researcher Jean-François Trontin, engineer Karine Durandeau, researcher Luc Harvengt, engineer Sandrine Debille, Technician Francis Canlet, Technician Isabelle Reymond.
M-A Lelu Walter, C TEYSSIER, N BOIZOT, A DELILE and C RIDEL