Forest Bioresources Department

Forest Bioresources Department aims to conduct research for conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources, and development of high value-added forest trees and functional microorganisms for increasing forest productivity and income improvement in rural areas and forest villages. Under this goal, the Division strives to analyze genome information of forest bioresources, develop conservation and genetic restoration strategies of forest genetic resources, improve useful characteristics of forest tree resources and mass production techniques. We are also committed to developing new cultivars of special-purpose tree resources for commercial utilization and short-term income, breeding new strains of forest mushrooms and discovering useful functions of forest microorganisms.

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 & Forest products postharvest technology Lab.

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
    Breeding new cultivars of forest fruit trees

    Breeding new cultivars of forest fruit trees

  • Developing asexual propagation of seedling technology
    Developing asexual propagation of seedling technology

    Developing asexual propagation of seedling technology

  • Developing productivity improvement
    Developing productivity improvement

    Developing productivity improvement

  • Developing postharvest quality management technology
    Developing postharvest quality management technology

    Developing postharvest quality management technology

Ornamental trees & Honey plants Lab.

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 Ornamental trees

    Developing Ornamental trees

  • Developing container tree cultivation
    Developing container tree cultivation

    Developing container tree cultivation

  • Evaluation value of nectar source
    Evaluation value of nectar source

    Evaluation value of nectar source

  • Functional analysis of honey
    Functional analysis of honey

    Functional analysis of honey

Korean National Flower Lab.

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 new cultivars

    Developing new cultivars

  • Developing eco-friendly control method
    Developing eco-friendly control method

    Developing eco-friendly control method

  • Analyzing useful compounds
    Analyzing useful compounds

    Analyzing useful compounds

  • Evaluating of genetic diversity
    Evaluating of genetic diversity

    Evaluating of genetic diversity

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