Dendrochronological laboratory of SLU in Alnarp (DELA) is a facility tasked with a wide range of dendro-, ecological and climatological analyses covering Nordic countries and beyond.
The Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre (Institutionen för Sydsvensk skogsvetenskap, ESS) established in Alnarp in 1989 and the dendro laboratory was set up in 1997. Main geographical focus is on southern Scandinavia and central-eastern Europe, including both the temperate and boreal ecosystems. Strong ties of ESS with SLU campus in Umeå (Northern Sweden), gives the lab partly a boreal profile especially in the field of reconstruction of forest fire histories. In the last years the geographical scope of the lab has expanded towards central Europe, and further to the eastern parts of Eurasian boreal forests and North America. The lab offers services of dating tree-ring samples. We also do age determination of single trees, such as trees in parks, gardens etc. Tree ring measurments on demand, such as forest productivity analyses.