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Species diversification – which species should we use?

Joan Cottrell, W L Mason

Lead Author: Richard Ennos

Home publication Species diversification – which species should we use?

Species diversification can increase resilience of British forests if diversifying species are adapted to site, are genetically variable, and do not harm existing forests. However, this paper stresses that future use of ‘alternative’ species for diversification should be contingent on rigorous biological risk assessment, results from forestry scale trials, and the establishment of sustainable British seed sources.

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Published
2020
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Peer reviewed papers
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Forest Research
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