The primary mission of the Alpine Forest Genomics Network (AForGeN) is to facilitate information exchange and collaboration among researchers interested in using genomic approaches for studying alpine forest ecosystems, with special attention to the effects of changing climate.


Guiding Principles

    Develop resources for the entire genetics and genomics field that can be used as the basis for future forest genetics. Provide a study foundation for modern scientific exploration of coniferous forest ecosystems.
    Keep pace with changing biotechnologies and employ these methods to forest genetics.
    Utilize comparative genomics to contextualize and annotate conifer genomes. Apply the power of comparative genomics to new projects in forest genetics.
    Openly publish and share any data that results from group efforts. Assist in collaborations that result from this data.

IUFRO working party

AForGeN is a IUFRO working party. Information about the unit can be found here.

AForGeN Steering Committee and IUFRO Coordinators


Species of Interest

  • Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
  • Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra)
  • Dwarf Mountain Pine (Pinus mugo)
  • Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Silver Fir (Abies alba)
  • European Larch (Larix decidua)
  • European beech (Fagus sylvatica)