Special Forest Resources Division aims to explore potentially useful forest trees, breed novel varieties, and develop standard cultivation technology to produce high- quality forest products. Not only to increase farmers’ income but to strengthen international competitiveness, we focus on forest fruit trees(chestnut, hardy kiwifruit, Korean black raspberry, etc.), ornamental trees(Korean red pine, indigenous cherry, etc.), honey plants(bee bee tree, Korean raisin tree, etc.), and especially Mugunghwa that is National flower of Korea(Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus L.). Besides, Researches on establishing/managing non-timber forest product complex and developing forest farming techniques for wild forest-vegetables are also conducted.
Forest fruit tree Lab. carries out research studies on breeding new cultivars of forest nuts, fruits tree and wild vegetables and developing cultivation standards technology and postharvest quality management technology. Our research aims to develop high- quality food items by utilizing forest product resources.
We focused on 1) developing technology of cultivation management for stable productivity responds to transition of growing condition, 2) making short-term income-based forest products to a high-quality condition 3) breeding new cultivars of major forest fruit trees such as chestnut, persimmon and walnut in order to increase incomes of forest household, 4) developing technology of freshness preservation, control postharvest disease and distribution system for quality management of special forest product which contributes to establishing an advanced one, the effectiveness of distribution and stable income of forest househ old.
Breeding new cultivars of forest fruit trees
Developing asexual propagation of seedling technology
Developing productivity improvement
Developing postharvest quality management technology
We are conducting researches on exploring promising ornamental trees that are indigenous and endemic species in Korea, breeding new cultivars, developing standard cultivation technology and establishing an ICT-based container seedling production system. In addition, we are conducting researches to evaluate the objective value of known honey plants and discover new excellent resources that provide nectar
Developing Ornamental trees
Developing container tree cultivation
Evaluation value of nectar source
Functional analysis of honey
We are developing new varieties of Rose of Sharon with good environment adaptability and public popularity. We study technologies for propagation and cultivation management based on the purpos to expand supply.
Also, we are establishing standard types for national flowers through the collection and evaluation of domestic and foreign genetic resources, and analyzing the useful active compounds in several parts such as petals, leaves, and roots for the expansion of industrial use of the species.
Developing new cultivars
Developing eco-friendly control method
Analyzing useful compounds
Evaluating of genetic diversity