Kinga Stolarek

About me

I am a forestry and tree breeding PhD student with two master degrees from tree pathology and forest biodiversity. I obtained my primary education from Forestry Faculty, University of Life Science in Poznan (Poland). Afterwards, I enrolled to master's studies at the Southern Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agriculture (SLU) in Alnarp, as a part of the Euroforester program 2020.

Working as a research assistant on several projects pertinent to forest science, I acquired experience and background for forest regeneration. With this interests, I became a PhD student at the Trees For Me centre.

About my research project

Currently, I am working on the "Seedlings and regeneration procedures for future birch forests" a part of the Trees For Me project (production and management project, no. 4 from the Work Package 2). My research is focusing on optimization of the artificial regeneration of birch, which would result in increased biomass production of this species. The knowledge regarding this topic is highly limited, and therefore, the birch production is still relatively low and expensive. This is why its important to define and understand obstacles of birch production from its first step - birch regeneration.

The main research questions for this project revolve around improving seed quality and germination, studying nursery regimes and production systems. Furthermore, the project explores the possibility of mechanizing planting, and identifying the influence of abiotic and biotic agents to the successful artificial regeneration of birch.

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