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Institution, Department, Section, etc. Forest Research Institute
Address Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 r. No 3, 00-973 Warsaw
Contact person dr inz. Gustaw Matuszewski; dr inz. Tomasz Oszako
Telephone/Fax 48 22 3317044       fax 48 22 8224935
www site
Scientists employed in the unit 99
General field of interest scientific research in forestry
Specific research field biology and ecology of forest;
forest environments and sites;
conservation and development of forest resources;
multiple functions of forest;
forest health condition, its monitoring and improving
Scientific projects presently carried on (duration, region in the case of field research, coordinator of the project):

  • Inter-population relationships within forest communities, including their linkage with environmental conditions as well as their importance to forestry,
  • Structure, development dynamics, self-adjustment mechanisms, productivity and spatial variation of forest ecosystems,
  • Impact of natural factors (e.g. hurricanes, wildfires, climate change, population outbreaks, diseases) and artificial ones (e.g. technical measures, industrial pollution) on forest environment and development of forests.
  • Biology, ecology and economic importance of forest game animals,
  • Methods for assessment and control of the density of forest ungulate populations,
  • Methods for assessment of damage to stands caused by forest wildlife,
  • Behavioural ecology and population dynamics in small mammals,
  • Protection of forest stands and plantations against herbivorous mammals.
  • Organization and general management in forestry: modelling decision processes, planning and programming, analysis of organisation and functioning of forestry in the EU, assessment of conditions of forest management in forest districts;
  • Economic system and efficacy of management in forestry: of cost analysis of performance of forest public functions and sources of financing of those functions, of cost analysis of forest units activities, methods of constructing financial-management plans, economic and financial aspects of forestry on areas of different level of forest protection and use, assessment of the forestry financing systems in Europe;
  • Valuation of forest (productive and by-productive functions) and of damage in forests: forest valuation methods, as well as forest damage and indemnities, elaboration of forest stand value tables and principles of assessing of losses from cutting premature stand;
  • Market research and marketing in forestry: modelling and forecasting of wood markets, marketing strategies in forestry, barriers of raw wood selling as a threat to the sustainability of forestry, and strategies for counteracting these threats, investigations on public opinion in needs and preferences concerning forest functions;
  • Forest policy: elaborating the assumptions of the National Forest Program, economic, social and political aspects of afforestation of former agricultural land, model management of forests for recreation and leisure activities, elaborating a model of multi-functional model of forestry, sector of forest services - the level and scope of change, directions of the development and its role in palliating the unemployment.
  • Biology and ecology of fungal pathogens - factors of infection diseases in forests,
  • Fungal disease process at organ, organism, population, and biocenosis levels,
  • The role and synergy of stressing factors affecting forest health condition in a host - pathogen - environment relationship,
  • Methods of prevention and therapy in infection disease process,
  • Economic importance and ecological consequences of fungal diseases,
  • Phytopathological monitoring in managed forests.
  • Phenotypic and genetic variations in breeding features of forest tree species,
  • Genetic variability of species and forest tree populations and their identification using molecular biology methods (DNA, isoenzymes),
  • Methods of conservation of genetic diversity of native populations of trees and shrubs,
  • Long-term storage of seeds and plant tissues, assessing its physiological condition and quality,
  • In-vitro breeding of forest tree species,
  • Plantation culture of fast-growing tree species,
  • Tree planting as a factor forming ecological balance of landscape,
  • Impact of stress factors on physiological processes in forest trees.
  • Silviculture and forest protection in mountain regions, especially natural and artificial forest regeneration, tending and restructuring of spruce stands, taking into account biotic and abiotic threats,
  • Man-caused threats to mountain forests at conditions of multi-functional forestry and their impact on biodiversity,
  • Assessment of threat, prevention and limitation of damage caused by insect pests and pathogenic fungi as well as methods for primary and secondary pests control,
  • Monitoring of forest phytocoenoses in national parks and forest promotion areas.
  • Silviculture in the regions of industrial impact on forests,
  • Restoration of native forest-forming species of trees in conditions of contaminated air, water and soil,
  • Mechanisms of industrial imission impact on the forest environment as well as an assessment of forest ecosystems degradation,
  • State and changes of threats to forests from industrial imissions.
  • Methods and technology of seedlings production,
  • Microclimate of forest nurseries,
  • Protection of forest nurseries and young cultures against weed plants,
  • Recultivation of soils in forest nurseries,
  • Afforestation of former agricultural land, waste-lands and devastated forest land, mechanisation of work,
  • Ecological preconditions of silviculture,
  • Spatial structure of stands and its formation processes,
  • Methods of artificial regeneration and tending of stands,
  • Natural regeneration of stands,
  • Restructuring forest stands,
  • Forming the stand resiliency against damaging abiotic and biotic factors using silvicultural methods,
  • Protection of biodiversity in forest management,
  • Phytosociology and dynamics of natural forest communities,
  • Genetics and conservation of gene resources of forest trees,
  • Biology, ecology and the role of selected groups of forest entomofauna,
  • Behaviour ecology of big forest mammals,
  • Biomonitoring of the forest environment,
  • Nature conservation.
  • Biology, ecology and economic importance of insects, arachnids, nematodes and other invertebrates in forest ecosystems;
  • Methods of prediction threats to forest from insect pests and limitation of their numbers;
  • Using biological and chemical control in forest protection and assessment of their impacts on forest environment, Shaping resistance of forest ecosystems to the pests and diseases,
  • Insect population outbreaks - their ecological and economic effects.
  • Improving typological classification for multi-functional forestry,
  • Dynamics and directions of changes occurring in soils and sites in various conditions of natural environment,
  • Circulation of water, nutrients and heavy metals in forest environment,
  • Regulation of water conditions in forests, Water retention and management of water resources,
  • Erosion phenomena in forest mountain areas.
  • Methods of large-scale forest inventory,
  • Assessing the state of forest resources and forest stand productivity,
  • Building forest models,
  • Forecasting the development of forest resources,
  • Regulation of forest production,
  • Forest surveying in forest district for forest planning needs,
  • Monitoring of forest environment - structure, spatial distribution and dynamics of threats, pollution and damage to the forest environment,
  • Spatial planning, landscape shaping, and preparation of diagnostic reports and forecasts of forest environment,
  • Valuation of forest areas and their functions on global, regional and local scales,
  • Systems: computerized sets of spatial information, remote sensing, and cartography for forestry needs.
  • Assessing and improving technological processes of wood harvesting, especially with account of economic and ecological aspects as well as ergonomic and labour safety requirements,
  • Properties of wood and elaboration of guidelines for its rational use, measuring, classification and recording,
  • Assessing and estimating resources and elaboration of guidelines for harvest and collection of minor forest products,
  • Works on standardization and elaboration of technical prescriptions for forest use.
  • Using TV and infrared techniques for forest fire detection,
  • Improving methods and criteria of assessment of fire hazards to forests,
  • Using satellite imagery for assessing factors connected with forest wildfires,
  • Methods of classification of forest areas in view of their fire hazard,
  • Modelling the process of burning and spreading the forest wildfire,
  • Fire prevention measures and enhancement of forest resistance to fire,
  • Impact of fire upon the forest environment.
Participation in international projects:

Proforest Centre of Excellence (approved by European Commission nr QLK1-CT-2002-30315/ PROFOREST),
EFFE - Economic efficiency of forests in Europe,
COST E-30 - Economic integration of urban consumers' demand and rural forestry production.
Participation in national projects:

Registration date:

Warsaw, 2004-01-19