Aim:

ToK aims to synthesize and exchange knowledge regarding the significance of species diversity, genetic diversity, and epigenetic memory in increasing forest resilience.

Funding Amount:

£85k

Project Summary:

Communicating the complexity of forest resilience

Species diversity, genetic diversity and epigenetic memory are complex, interacting topics that will play an important role in the future of treescapes. The Tree of Knowledge (ToK) project brings together expertise from DiversiTree, newLEAF, and MEMBRA, to explain why diverse forests are more resilient. It aims to clarify the importance of both visible (species diversity) and invisible (genetic diversity and epigenetics) aspects of forest resilience for people who manage forests.

Through collaboration among academic partners and project contributors, ToK plans to create common messages for stakeholders to show why it’s important to have different trees and how this helps forests cope with things like diseases or climate changes. Using research-informed animations, infographics, podcasts, stories and blogs to communicate with practitioners, policymakers and the general public, ToK will help people who look after forests make better decisions to keep them healthy for the future.

STATUS: Ongoing

Project Lead

Dr Ruth Mitchell, The James Hutton Institute

Contributors

University of Birmingham, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Forest Research, and various universities across the UK. Partners such as the Woodland Trust (WT), Confederation of Forest Industries (CONFOR), Natural England