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Kinga Stolarek

Kinga Stolarek


I am a forestry and tree breeding PhD student with two master's degrees in tree pathology and forest biodiversity. I obtained my primary education from the 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 in forest regeneration. With these interests, I became a PhD student at the "Trees for me" competence center, SLU.


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 focuses on the 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 on the successful artificial regeneration of birch.