Georgina, the first tree of the Forest of Embryos


The Forest of Embryos is focused on reforesting an area of Mont-roig del Camp (Tarragona) affected by a devastating fire in the 90s

Institut Marquès continues to show its concern for the environment, and that is why we have just inaugurated the Forest of Embryos. This project is focused on reforesting an area of Mont-roig del Camp (Tarragona) affected by a devastating fire in the 90s. Therefore, we will plant a tree for each child born through our fertility treatments.

The first tree of this forest has been planted in honour of Georgina, the British girl born a year ago thanks to Institut Marquès’ Embryo Adoption programme. Georgina was the 1.000th embryo of this pioneering programme and, at time, we celebrated that as a great achievement.

This initiative is possible thanks to the collaboration with the environmental organisation of Tarragona, L’Escurçó. Dr. Marisa López-Teijón, Director of Institut Marquès, and Joan Manel Olivella of L’Escurçó, have planted the first tree.

Commitment to the environment

The studies carried out by Institut Marquès revealed that Tarragona is one of the areas where men have a poorer quality of semen. This is one of the reasons why Tarragona has been chosen as a location to plant this solidary forest.


In 2002 we presented our first study on the sperm quality and the impact environmental toxins have on fertility. Shortly afterwards, we prepared a comparative study on semen quality in Spain that confirmed the direct relationship between environmental pollution and increased sterility in the most industrialised areas of Spain.

A forest full of life

The Forest of Embryos shows once again the commitment of Institut Marquès with the preservation of the environment, after sponsoring Lluís Pallarès in the North Pole marathon. At the moment, we are also working on a research project about the ozone levels and their benefits in In Vitro Fertilisation and embryo implantation.