FraDiv - a project on biodiversity in the forests of Schleswig-Holstein


Ash-rich forests are among the most species-rich forest ecosystems in Germany. They provide habitats for a variety of fungal, animal and plant species. Currently, the ash dieback disease is threatening many species groups of this biocoenosis in Europe. Pathogenic agent of this disease is Hymenoscyphus fraxineus – an ascomycete fungus that extends towards the xylem of ash trees and leads to wilting of the shoots and often to the death of the tree.


The aim of the FraDiv project is to develop and implement recommendations and measures in cooperation between science and practice partners that contribute to the conservation of the biodiversity of ash forests in Schleswig-Holstein. The name FraDiv is composed of Fraxinus excelsior L. (the scientific name of the common ash tree) and diversity and thus describes the focus of the project.


Fact sheet

Collaborative project: Impact of the ash dieback disease on forest ecosystems

strategies for biodiversity conservation (FraDiv)


Funding priority: Species with special responsibility

Running time: 01.02.2019-31.01.2025

Financial volume: 2,4 Mio. €

Project management: Kiel University

Funding agency: FraDiv is funded in the Federal Programme Biodiversity by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the Ministry for Energy Transition, Climate Protection, Environment and Nature in Schleswig-Holstein (MEKUN SH).